Ah well, funny old year, 2021 and all … Parted company with my long-term agent and publisher … lost the Todd TV series due to the passing of the lovely Paul Ritter … signed to do a couple of audio books … signed to write a series of Edwardian murder mysteries … signed to have The Girl Downstairs published … agreed to a movie of Mr Todd’s Reckoning; other stuff bubbling up.
The audio of Mr Todd’s Reckoning from Isis Audio and read by Michael Simkins is the most recent release as at Sunday 24 October. Here is a review from fab blogger Jo_Scho_Reads
‘This is a real slow burner of a read. The stifling heat, the meticulous detail of life in the bungalow, the measured descriptions of two grown men squashed into this tiny house together all combine to create a wonderfully claustrophobic & chilling story – interspersed with flashes of dark humour which I found to be absolutely genius. I listened to this completely absorbed; recoiling in horror one minute then laughing out loud the next.’
And, also from Jo_Scho-Reads, a shout out for Mike, ‘Told in the first person, entirely from Mr Todd’s POV, this was an exceptionally creeping and chilling read and one which I ADORED. I listened to it as an audiobook (released yesterday), narrated by the astonishingly brilliant Michael Simkins who absolutely nailed it. As far as I’m concerned, he IS Mr Todd.’
I usually do various talks over the year – book launches and festivals etc – as well as mental health talks, including some conferences for Stem4, the mental health charity. Very proud to be an ambassador for Stem4. I have missed these and hope to do more …
‘Breathtakingly magnificent … His deadpan delivery of a dry wit that will leave you with tears streaming down your face but at the same time his own life experiences shine through his narrative making it totally unique, relevant and thought provoking!’ Chapter In My Life
‘Marx Brothers on speed.’ Douglas Skelton, Author.
‘So much fun, and a bit bonkers.’ Bloody Scotland Attendee.
‘Iain Maitland … An hilarious and, frankly, show stealing turn in a panel at last year’s Bloody Scotland book festival.’ Suze Reviews
‘Brilliant and heartfelt talk.’ Ipswich Samaritans AGM Attendee.
‘A brilliant speaker … Iain is open and frank and his moving account endears him to his audience straightaway.’ Stem4.
And finally, on a personal note, for those of you who have read Dear Michael, Love Dad and/or Out Of The Madhouse and wondered where it all ended … Michael got better … went to work as a tattoo artist … met Georgia and fell in love … had a baby boy … is living happily ever after.
Last Update: Sunday 24 October 2021