Hannibal fights strong rearguard action to remain in Top Ten

Another first for me: one of my books (Hannibal) has remained in the Top Ten bestsellers list for a second week. It has dropped to No. 8, despite selling nearly 1,000 more copies than last week, which means that it was even harder to stay in the chart this week than last. I’m stoked! Because I’m within 15 words of my daily word count, I cracked open a beer at the rather early hour of 5.30 p.m. I can feel several more coming on too. Thanks so much to everyone who’s parted with their hard earned cash to buy a copy of Hannibal. Onwards and upwards. To infinity and beyond!

Now I’m going to get stuck back into Devil’s Charge, the excellent new novel from the amazing Michael Arnold. It’s an English civil war book, the 2nd in a series featuring the rakish Captain Stryker (think a meaner officer than Sharpe). It’s out in August, and I recommend it as an excellent read. If you click on the link, be sure to watch the book trailer – it’s very good.

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  1. Posted 21 June 2011 at 20:24 | Permalink

    excellent news Ben…both for the bank balance and the ego… no wonder you’re pleased! well done.

    Arnolds book is good i have enjoyed both so far….. (and i got an email today asking me if i wanted to review Harry S’s new book … got to love a freebie and then an interview with the writer..lol)

    (anyone got a question they want to ask….lol)

    Back to Ben… about 60% through my second read of Hannibal, if anything im enjoying it much more taking my sweet time reading it. feel the emotion a bit more especially Hanno and his slavery and the frustration and anger he feels….. loving it!

  2. benkane
    Posted 21 June 2011 at 23:51 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: thanks for the good wishes. Glad you liked Mike’s books too. I haven’t read the first, I have to confess, but I will do once I’ve read the second. Looking forward to Harry’s new one (I have my S/L/D copy ordered already from Goldsboro). Let’s see the interview asap!

    Very pleased that you’re liking Hannibal more the second time around. Privileged that you’re doing it that honour!

  3. John Salter
    Posted 22 June 2011 at 08:48 | Permalink

    Great news, congratulations again Ben and to think I haven’t even ordered the copies of Hannibal… for friends and relatives for Christmas yet! Although it won’t be enough to keep you in the charts for a third week (although as Tesco say’s…..) but others might.

    Michael Arnold’s first book, Traitor’s Blood is a cracker. I hadn’t read a novel about the English Civil war before but I’ll be getting book two for certain. I suppose it’s like the War of the Roses in that the subject isn’t that well covered.

    Nearly finished Raven Blood Eye now by the way, another great story, books two and three are in the TBR but Hereward by James Wilde may take precedence and should arrive today! 😉

  4. benkane
    Posted 22 June 2011 at 10:00 | Permalink

    @John: cheers, mate. You’re going to buy more copies? The drinks are on me at Kelmarsh (and for you too, Parmenion).

    No, keep going with Raven – I wish that I’d had all three to read in one sitting. I’ve got the Hereward book too, and am looking forward to reading it. It’s just getting the time…

  5. John Salter
    Posted 22 June 2011 at 10:44 | Permalink

    Ben, yes I’ve got a few friends who I always get books for when it’s their Birthday or Christmas. So when I’ve really enjoyed reading them, I also get them a copy. My son (26) is also on the list and he’s slowly being converted into the joys of historical novels. He’s ploughing his way through Simon Scarrow’s at the moment and has the Forgotten Legion Trilogy in his TBR pile.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying Raven and should finish it later today, so when Hereward arrives, I’ll have to decide what’s next, although my own TBR is quite substantial, great problem to have though. Let’s hope the weather improve for Kelmarsh and it’s like it was at Chester!

  6. benkane
    Posted 22 June 2011 at 12:01 | Permalink

    @John: that’s good to hear – cheers once more!

    The weather – I know. Like all outdoor events, Kelmarsh is so reliant on the weather staying fine. Down here, it’s the first day of Glasto, and apparently, some of the entrances are already impassable because of the mud. The traffic is backed up to next village from mine, which is more than 20 miles from the festival. SOOOOOOOOOO glad I’m not going, even if U2 are on.

  7. John Salter
    Posted 22 June 2011 at 14:50 | Permalink

    That must a nightmare living so close even at twenty miles away. Hopefully once they’re all in, it won’t be too bad. I’ve always wanted to visit Glastonbury but not whilst all those hippies are there snorting Beechams powder and god knows what else! I’d round em all up and give em a few years in the forces personally! 😉

  8. John Salter
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 09:23 | Permalink

    Ben, here’s some good news for you! I went to Tesco last night on the way home from work to get some more copies of Hannibal for friends/relatives as I said. There was only one copy left in the entire store! I asked if they had more hidden behind the scenes and they said they had sold out and had to order more!

    There’s a full diary of events for the English Heritage Festival at Kelmarsh in this months History magazine, looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend. 🙂

  9. benkane
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 10:53 | Permalink

    @John: it’s gone very mainstream now. Not that many hippies any more…

  10. benkane
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 10:54 | Permalink

    @John: that’s great news, thanks! Hopefully, Tesco will buy some more from the publishers then.

    Oh yes, Kelmarsh will be good fun. Ta for the tip about the BBC History magazine.

  11. John Salter
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 12:12 | Permalink

    Ben, they’ll always be hippies to me! 😉

  12. benkane
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 12:22 | Permalink

    John: never been to Glastonbury, but I’ve been to many concerts. Does that make me a hippy too? 😉

  13. John Salter
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 14:00 | Permalink

    Ben, it depends what they were I should imagine! However, I did hear that Beyonce is appearing at Glastonbury so it can’t be all bad eh?

    I see someone has promised to send you Clash of Empires from the HWA! Haha. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts!

  14. benkane
    Posted 23 June 2011 at 16:18 | Permalink

    @John: still not sure what Beyonce looks like – I’m that out of touch with pop 🙂

    Clash of Empires. Yes. Hmmm. Watch this space.

  15. Posted 25 June 2011 at 09:06 | Permalink

    Just an extra bit of info for those with signed 1st editions….they are now trading hands between £40 & £60 a copy! wish id managed to egt hold of more…lol. Still a shame about the Limited but thems the breaks i suppose.
    So hang on tight to them and keep them safe.

  16. benkane
    Posted 26 June 2011 at 19:33 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: jeepers, that’s mad! Will guard mine closer than ever! ;-

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