Had lunch with Dave Donohue yesterday and received an early copy of his new book MOON MAN, which is scheduled for publication in the autumn. I read a (very) early draft of this work -- which features his backwards-spelling hero Walter Speazlebud -- in manuscript form, but the book has grown dramatically in the interim. It now runs to 280 pages with one of those laser covers they put on Eoin Colfer's original ARTEMIS FOWL except that in Dave's book, the sparkle is used to denote stars in an astronomical skyscape; and very effective it is too. Egmont have also printed up a bookmark that glows in the dark. Great fun for a very quirky story. Watch out for it in the shops.
Watch out too for CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE by Dermot Butler and Carl Nally, published by Mercier Press and in the shops since June. It's about UFOs in Ireland. Haven't read it yet, but I had a tiny involvement while it was being written since I gave the authors permission to use material from an article I wrote on UFOs for SCENE magazine back in the 1970s.