How exciting--I can hardly wait! I'm so glad we'll finally get to read the last of the trilogy & get all our questions answered (hopefully!).
Thanks lili. Yes, there have been times when I've wondered myself just what those answers are going to be. Some things can be worked through, like doing a puzzle, but often you just have to wait and see what wants to happen
I'm sure that Winter Wood will be as wonderful as the other two books - as a more " mature" reader (wrong side of 40!) my daughter looked on in astonishment as I read Celandine - only for me to find her snuggled up under her quilt a few days later with the self same book ! Have decided that January 2008 is a very long time to wait, but it will give me time to re-read Celandine and The Various again ( not for the first time!) so that I'm ready and waiting for the last part of this absolutely stunning trilogy. Thank you so much writing these books - I have recommended them to all of my year six pupils - they conjour up such fantastic pictures in my mind! I really think they should be obligatory reading for all upper primary school pupils and shall do my utmost to encourage as many of my pupils as possible to read them. I have to admit I shed quite a few tears whilst reading both books, so I'm ordering a large quantity of extra large tissues for January - only 4 months to go !
It is so rare you get to thank an author, so thank you! Reading is what makes ones life a rich one and you have contributed wonderfully. I cannot wait to read the last part and hope to read future titles in your name.
Ahhh...Thanks Belle. I have to admit that both books made me cry at times, also. Perhaps for different reasons.It's very gratifying to find that these stories are being enjoyed by adults as well as younger readers.
Thank you so much, Irene. I've been deliberately avoiding reading these past few years - a terrible thing to say. But I've been conscious of having to maintain a constant 'voice' and so have shut myself off from outside influences. Over cautious, no doubt, and I think maybe it's time to pick up where I left off...renew my subscription to The Dandy...
Hello Steve,Read Celandine and The Various .Thought both books were really good and I am looking forward to Winter Wood --- Shame it wont be released before Christmas.I rank Celandine and The Various with my all time favourite book called "Last born of Elvinwood" by Linda Haldeman.(no longer in print)Keep up the Good work
Thanks, redchalk, that's good to hear. I'm not familiar with Linda Haldeman or Elvinwood, I'm afraid, but I'll keep an eye out. Now that I've completed this trilogy I feel that I can give myself permission to have a look at what everyone else has been up to.
Really enjoyed the various and Celandine, both of which have pride of place on my bookshelf. Am really hanging out for winter wood and have been pestering the local book store on numeros counts. Would like winterwood to be available in paperback to match my previous 2 books - is a paperback version likely?
Hi Tim Tom. Glad you like it so far - and thanks for writing. There will certainly be a hardback to match the first two, but I'm not sure about paperback. I think that by that time they'll be printed up in the new artwork. I'll find out.
> ...a release date of January 2008.Will it be available in the U.S. then, too? I'm hungry for more!
Hallo Gwyn. I'm not sure when US release date is, but it's usually a few months after the UK. You can probably get hold of a UK edition from Amazon, and have it shipped over, or if not you're welcome to email me and I'll se what I can do.
I loved "The Various"!Your book "Celandine"hasn't been at any of the local book stores,So I recently ordered it online."The Various" is ranked up there with "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Inheritance Trilogy" in my mind.Is there ANY more information that you can release about "Winter Wood"?Waiting to read both,Aaron
Hi Aaron. There's not much I can say about Winter Wood in advance of publication. It was a huge relief to be able to reach the end and think 'that's it, that's the whole story told.' It was also a relief to be able to say 'and I think that it was a story worth telling'.I did an interview recently for an online writing magazine called Eclectica, and I do talk a little bit more about the trilogy here. You might be interested. I don't seem to be able to do live links, but here's the URL:http://www.eclectica.org/v11n4/dannolfo.html.Thanks for writing. Hope you enjoy Celandine - Steve.
Hey Steve,Thanks for the link I enjoyed interview very much.And thanks for replying.Also,How can I go about getting my copies of your books signed?Thanks,Aaron
Go to the email link on the home page of this blog, and leave me a message. I'll give you a postal address for the books to be sent to me. I'll be happy to sign them. You might want to wait until you've got all three and ship them in one batch!
Thanks Steve.I'll be sending them when I have all three.I clicked the email link but it said it wasn't installed correctly.If you could send an email to: Kingaslanofnarnia@yahoo.com.Or something I would appreciate it.Aaron
Hi! I read both The Various and Celandine and i gotta say, i loved them both! i was wondering wat kind of clothes Celandine would wear, because i'm doing something for school, i would appreciate it very much if u described or even sent example pictures. I really can't wait until Winter Wood comes out! just less than one more month and i'll get to see what finally happens!
Thanks very much, Amy. probably the easiest way to get an idea of clothing for that era is to look on the internet. If you go to Google Image, for instance and type in 'Girls' School Uniform 1900s' you'll find photographs from that time. And the following URL will take you to a site for vintage clothing. This is a bit 'high fashion' and probably not what country people would have been wearing, so you might have to do a bit more reasearch, but the internet or your local library is certainly a good place to start. Itsihttp://www.sensibility.com/vintageimages/1900s/Hope you enjoy Winter Wood!
Hi Steve,my daughter and me are both fascinated by your books. Do you know, by any chance, when Winter Wood will be translated into german?It's a pity that we don't have edgeprinting! Why? The books become even more precious!Many greetings from GermanyRegina
Does it ever come out in paperback in the original edition?
Regina, I haven't heard anything as yet about the German translation. You might be better off writing directly to my publishers! Try email@example.com.I'm delighted of course that you've enjoyed the first two titles, Das Kleine Volk and Der Elfenwald.
Lizzie, re the question of whether Winter Wood will come out in the original paperback format. I'm slightly confused myself, because of the new paperback versions due out later thius year. However, the original paperbacks are published by Corgi, not Random House, and I don't see why they wouldn't complete their set. So I would think the answer would be 'yes'.
Hi Steve!!I've been searching bookshops in the hope of finding Winter Wood and this is the first time i thought to look on the net!!!Yaay! In 2006 i went on an 8 week camping trip with a friend in the highlands and lake ditrict. I found the Various and Celandine in a small bookshop and knew in the first chapter i'd hit the noval jackpot!! I fell in love with them, especially Celendines charecter. They took me miles away from the wet tent i was frequently curld up in to escape the rain.Thank you for putting such a gem out there for me to find.Can't wait to get to the shop!!
Aaaah....that's a nice story, Michelle. Reading in a tent; how peaceful that sounds. I shall be going to Scotland myself in a few weeks time, to the Word festival at Aberdeen. Think I might drive and take in some scenery.
Hi SteveGreat to see that the third part has now been released - I've got it on order - thoroughly enjoyed the first two. I also have a hardback edition of Mr. Mick (as a huge Stackridge fan) signed by Mutter Slater. Hope to get your signature on it as well some time. Do you keep in touch with Mutter or any of the Stackridge members? - they are touring again!! Thanks again for your amazing books - good luck with your next venture.
Any idea when it will come out?
Marzo, thanks for writing.I haven't seen Mutter for a few years now - but I know where he lives! We bump into each other very occasionally. I was aware that Stackridge had reformed, and were out and about. Good luck to the lads.
Lizzie, the paperbacks usually come out from between six months to a year after hardbacks. I'm due down in London this week for some signings - I'll try and find out more.
I just really want to get the matching set rather than a mixture of hardback and paperback.
Any US release date yet for Winter Wood?
Nothing on US release as yet. I'll try and find out.I'm flat out working at the moment, and don't seem to have the head for much else. Must take a break...
Germans version of Winter Wood (Heimkehr ins Elfenreich) is now released!!!May I ask you for signing my books?Regina
Wow. I had no idea, Regina. Thanks for letting me know - I might put this news up on the main board!Yes, of course you can send your books to me for signing. If you'd like to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll tell you how to go about it.
Hello. I'm currently reading the Various and I LOVE it. Can't wait to pick up copies of Celandine and of course Winter Wood. So far, in the U.S. no release date yet?CF 4/29/08
Hi Steve!I live in the U.S., just recently having come back from South Africa. I just finished The Various, and absolutely loved it!! Was a bit confused at the ending....does Midge change into Celandine? I have the second book right here with me, I got them both at the public library! They do not have "Winter Wood." I was very dissapointed...but perhaps they will get it soon! Would love to hear back from you...Abby
Thanks, Charles. Glad you're enjoying the story. Still no US release date as yet. Sorry! I'll put up a post as soon as I hear something.
Hi Abby. Thanks for writing. I deliberately left the ending of The Various slightly ambiguous, but I can tell you that Midge is not Celandine, nor vice versa. The two girls are connected, though. They share a common experience through their meeting with the tribes, and there is also a strange telepathy between them, even though they are separated by a timespan of over ninety years. Read on - it all makes sense in the end! (I think....)
Dear Mr. Augarde,I just finished Book Two in your Touchstone Trilogy and the series so far is truly fantastic. The books bring back fond memories and give me that same fasination and thrill I recall as a child when I read The Chronicles of Narnia. My eight year old bought the first of the series for herself and I just happened to "borrow" it and am happily hooked. Congratulations, the bookstore tells me they vanish off the shelf’s here in Canada.
Hallo MandMmum. Thanks for your lovely comments. I sometimes wonder whether I've got my target audience wrong, and that I'm actually writing for adults. I do seem to get a lot of letters from grown-ups who've picked these books up out of curiosity and then become drawn in.Well, I'm not complaining. Thanks again.
I stumbled upon The Various quite by accident - I am soooo pleased I did!! Today I bought Celadine and cant wait to see what you have in store for me. I will put your books in my sons treasure chest - he's only two. Alongside The Inkheart trilogy, Chronicles of Darkness. I'd like to know of any other of your books you have written that adults as well as children may enjoy. Final word - Thank-you so much for bringing the magic back! Please dont stop!!!!
Hi Jacqui - thanks for your lovely comments! Having begun the Touchstone Trilogy, I guess you'll have to finish it, so what else can I do but recommend Winter Wood? And then of course there's X Isle...
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