Category: miscellaneous

Maigret New Titles

The following is a list of the Maigret books that will be published in the coming months:

Maigret and the Old People: Inspector Maigret #56 by Georges Simenon, Shaun Whiteside (Translator) June 2018

Maigret and the Lazy Burglar: Inspector Maigret #57 by Georges Simenon, Howard Curtis (Translator) July 2018

Maigret and the Good People of Montparnasse: Inspector Maigret #58 by Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz (Translator) August 2018

Maigret And The Saturday Caller: Inspector Maigret #59 by Georges Simenon, Sian Reynolds (translator) September 2018

Maigret And The Tramp: Inspector Maigret #60 by Georges Simenon, Howard Curtis (Translator) October 2018

Maigret’s Anger: Inspector Maigret #61 by Georges Simenon, William Hobson (Translator) November 2018

Maigret And The Ghost: Inspector Maigret #62 by Georges Simenon, Ros Schwartz (Translator) December 2018

Maigret Defends Himself: Inspector Maigret #63 by Georges Simenon, Howard Curtis (Translator) January 2019

Maigret’s Patience: Inspector Maigret #64 by Georges Simenon, David Watson (Translator) February 2019


OT: James Rhodes: Piano Man – part 2 of 2

OT: James Rhodes (pianist)

Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión en castellano desplazarse hacia abajo

From Wikipedia: James Edward Rhodes was born 6 March 1975 into a middle class Jewish family in St John’s Wood, North London. He was educated at Arnold House School, a local all-boys independent preparatory school. There, he experienced sexual abuse by his PE teacher, who died before he could appear in court. Rhodes suffered mentally as well as physically, including spinal damage, eating disorders and PTSD. Aged 7, he borrowed the CD of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto from his father’s collection. He was taught piano, but did not progress formally beyond Grade 3. First moving to a local boarding school, he was educated at Harrow School, where he worked with piano teacher Colin Stone, from the age of 13 onwards. It was during this period that he entered the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, but failed to make it past the second round. In 1993, he was offered a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently divides his time between Madrid, Spain and London. You can read more about James Rhodes at Wikipedia.

That said, the reason why I’m bringing James Rhodes to your attention is because I would like to share with you the following article that appeared in the Spanish newspaper El País, last week here.

De Wikipedia: James Edward Rhodes nació el 6 de marzo de 1975 en una familia judía de clase media en St. John’s Wood, en el norte de Londres. Estudió en el Arnold House School, un colegio privado para chicos donde sufrió abusos sexuales por parte de su profesor de educación física, el cual falleció antes del juicio. En esta situación Rhodes sufrió tanto mental como físicamente, lo cual le produciría un desorden alimenticio, daños en su columna vertebral y trastorno por estrés postraumático (TEPT). Posteriormente tomaría clases de piano, pero no progresó más allá del tercer grado y aprendió principalmente de una forma autodidacta. Ingresó en un internado local y más tarde entraría en el Harrow School, donde estudiaría con el profesor de piano Colin Stone desde los 13 años en adelante. Durante esta época participó en el programa televisivo BBC Young Musician of the Year de la cadena nacional, pero no pasaría de la segunda ronda. En 1993, obtiene una beca para el Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Actualmente divide su tiempo entre Madrid y Londres. Pueden leer más sobre James Rhodes en Wikipedia.

Dicho esto, la razón por la que llamo su atención sobre James Rhodes es porque me gustaría compartir con ustedes el siguiente artículo que apareció en El País, la semana pasada aquí.

The 2018 CWA Daggers Longlists

10407482_736833699704895_409767413602878499_nThe CWA Dagger longlists were announced at Crimefest in Bristol on Friday evening as has become traditional. One  Dagger has already been confirmed and the shortlists for the remainder will be announced in July. The winners of all the CWA Daggers will be announced at the Dagger Awards Dinner to be held on 25 October, when Michael Connelly will be awarded the Diamond Dagger.

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls.

Click on the individual Dagger below to view the longlists.

  • The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year.
  • The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The broadest definition of the thriller novel is used for eligible books; these can be set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction and/or action/ adventure stories.
  • The John Creasey (New Blood)Dagger. This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period.
  • The CWA International Dagger. This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period.
  • The Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime related theme by an author of any nationality as long as the book was first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period.
  • The CWA Short Story Dagger. This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment, during the Judging Period.
  • The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially.
  • The CWA Historical Dagger. This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three-quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.
  • The CWA Dagger in the Library. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire.


OT: A Stroll by the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid

Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (Spanish for Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid) is an 8 hectares (19.7684 acres) botanical garden in Madrid (Spain). The public entrance is located at Plaza de Murillo, next to the Prado Museum. The garden was founded on October 17, 1755, by King Ferdinand VI, and installed in the Orchard of Migas Calientes, near what today is called Puerta de Hierro, on the banks of the Manzanares River. In 1774 King Charles III ordered the garden moved to its current location on the Paseo del Prado. This new site opened in 1781. Inside an area defined by wrought iron fencing,the design by architects Francesco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva organized the garden into three tiered terraces, arranging plants according to the method of Linnaeus. Its mission was not only to exhibit plants, but also to teach botany, promote expeditions for the discovery of new plant species and classify them. There was a particular interest in the botany of Spain’s colonial possessions. The garden was greatly augmented by a collection of 10,000 plants brought to Spain by Alessandro Malaspina in 1794. The Spanish War of Independence in 1808 caused the garden to be abandoned, but in 1857 director Mariano de la Paz Graëlls y de la Aguera revived it with a new greenhouse and refurbishment of the upper terrace. Under his leadership a zoo was created in the garden, but subsequently relocated to the Parque del Buen Retiro. Between 1880 and 1890 the garden suffered heavy losses, first losing 2 hectares (4.9 acres) to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1882, then losing 564 trees in 1886 to a cyclone. Since 1939 the garden has been dependent on the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and in 1942 was declared Artistic Garden. In 1974, after decades of hardship and neglect, the garden was closed to the public for restoration work to its original plan. It reopened in 1981. (Source: Wikipedia)