arises a new title. The top chaps in Sales at Random House decided that the title Soldier of Carthage wouldn’t appeal to enough people. Sadly, I had been having the same thoughts. Not everyone knows about Carthage, whereas Rome…well, everyone knows about it. It’s a shame, but there you go.
At the heel of the hunt, we decided to go with the new title of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, which I think is excellent. And while Hannibal is not a major character, he is central to the plot, and appears in many vital scenes. Fingers crossed that the new title does what we want it to!
For those of you in the UK who may be snowed in at home, or enduring the misery of long journeys to and from work, my commiserations. If you’re having a whale of a time, sledging with your kids, or taking some well deserved time off – enjoy! It’s shaping up to be a white Christmas if this continues. Which will be fine by me – I’d rather dry cold with/without snow than the damp, wet misery we get most winters.
Plus: many of you probably know that Eagle of the Ninth will finally be coming out in February 2011. Its release was delayed for some reason, and it’s also been renamed The Eagle. (I’m told it’s so that Americans don’t confuse it with a golfing film. No, I’m not joking.) Anyway, the trailer looks surprisingly good, and Anthony Lawton, Rosemary Sutcliff’s nephew, who runs a blod dedicated to her, reackons it’s very good. Fingers crossed! Watch the trailer here and let me know what you think.