The second edit of the third book has now been completed. And thanks to everyone who emailed me with regards to the title – partly due to your feedback the title has been changed. Though A NEW WORLD felt interesting and appropriate considering the content of the book, it seemed many of you found it lacking. The new title will be AGENT 6. There is an element of mystery around who AGENT 6, something which isn’t revealed until later, but also the use of number ties the book back to the first book in the trilogy, CHILD 44. There is only one more edit to go and the book should be finished by the end of the summer ready for publication in 2011. I’m really excited about it – Leo’s last story will hopefully be his best.
I have heard that CHILD 44 has been longlisted for Crime Novel of the Year, a prize run by the excellent and always very well attended Harrogate Crime festival, which was one of my first ever festival appearances back in 2008. The delay between publication and eligibility for the prize is explained by the fact that they work off the publication of the paperback, rather than the hardback. Anyway, it’s great to be nominated. I find out in July if the book has made the shortlist. You can vote for the book at the Harrogate festival homepage. http://www.harrogate-festival.org.uk/crime/