Many of you will remember that a few months ago I was able to share what for me was some very exciting news about Mary Hocking’s books and how me banging on about her had seemed to pay off. I know lots of people joined in with the last Mary Hocking reading week – and I certainly plan to do the reading week again. I have of course spoken before about how much I have come to love Mary Hocking’s novels, and how sad I was that they were out of print. I have been lucky enough to collect together twenty three of her twenty-four novels (still several I need to read) – many of them ex-library copies picked up very cheaply. However I know not everyone has found getting hold of these books easy – and so of course I was beyond delighted to hear that Bello were going to be making them available via their print on demand editions and ebooks.
The novels I sent on loan to Bello for scanning – have returned – and now they have I will be able to start reading them again. It’s always so hard to choose which next when one has a lot of books by one author to read.
Anyway the really exciting news is that the first twelve Mary Hocking novels will be available in just under a month – 25th February – and all the books are now showing on Amazon and can be pre-ordered. The second batch of twelve novels is due out in July. Bello has provided me with some lovely cover images to share with you.
I love these designs – I hope you do too. You’ll notice the books being released first have a black design against a blue background.
The first twelve novels available from the end of February are:
The Winter City
Visitors to the Crescent
The Young Spaniard
Ask No Questions
A Time of War
The Hopeful Traveller
The Climbing Frame
The novels due out in July (and definitely worth waiting for) are:
Daniel Come to Judgement
The Bright Day
The Mind Has Mountains
He Who Plays the King
An Irrelevant Woman
A Particular Place
Letters from Constance
The Very Dead of Winter
The Meeting Place
Their designs will feature a white pattern on a blue background.
Despite having nearly all Mary Hocking’s books (Visitors at the Crescent – the last one I have to find) – I will still be buying several of the ebooks – I like the idea of having some of my favourites on my kindle to carry with me wherever I am.
Let’s not beat around the bush – I really hope lots of you will be buying some too – whether you are new to Mary Hocking or another of her loyal fans (I know you’re out there). I love Bello for bringing lots of fantastic authors to new generations of readers. What pleases me the most is that people who have never heard of Mary Hocking – might stumble across her books when browsing the Bello catalogue and make the same discovery I made two and half years ago.
Earlier I mentioned another Mary Hocking reading week – I think it would be perfect to have another one the year her books are made available – but what I can’t decide on is when. I would really welcome your thoughts. The last two Mary Hocking weeks have been June – which I think I just plumped for at random. This year of course her books are being re-issued in February and July (February also the month M H died in 2014) and April would have been her birthday. So when would be best?