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About Bill Todd

I’ve spent most of my working life as a journalist and was pleased and surprised to win an award for my travel writing. Before that I tried all sorts of jobs including furniture removals, photography, teaching and running a magazine group.
3 August, 2017

SONS OF A GUNNER

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:06+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

You never know what doors will open when you write a book. After publication of GUNNER, based on my father’s war diary, I was contacted by Geoff Maple whose dad served in the same regiment. After swapping info by email we finally met up last week on the rain-swept terraces of Dover Castle in Kent. [...]

13 June, 2017

BURNING BUSH

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:06+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

I was wounded by an arrow on Sunday. Well, that’s a slight writerly exaggeration. I was squatting in an odd position trying to photograph a spray of vicious-looking arrows on the grass when I wrenched both knees, one of them pre-battered by old judo and running injuries. Still, it was pretty much worth the pain [...]

10 May, 2017

SHOP FLOP

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:06+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

Brain food:Epoisses Beta bear: Danny I should never be allowed out to shop unsupervised. My last solo outing went off piste in classic style. Drawn by the gravitational pull of Waitrose cheese counter I picked a promising goat, some Duchy brie and a saggy and mega-stinky Burgundian Epoisses. This was placed [...]

16 March, 2017

CRIME FESTIVALS 2017

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:06+00:00 March 16th, 2017|

The demand for everything from cosy mysteries to horrible, grisly murder is why the crime fiction wave just keeps rolling. And so does the annual calendar of crime writing festivals where readers get to meet their favourite writers and forensically examine many aspects of a deadly genre that shows no sign of dying. Here’s my [...]

6 March, 2017

TITLE FIGHT

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:06+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

I’ve been slacking. Too often the siren lure of the TV remote has won out over the creative keyboard. In my defence, M’lud, it has been mainly due to circumstances beyond my control but that is no excuse. Writers write. But the approaching spring has inspired new targets. Top of the list is my sixth [...]

25 May, 2016

RECENT READS

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:07+00:00 May 25th, 2016|

Madly jealous at being unable to attend the hugely-successful Crimefest in Bristol I have revisited my recent reads and thought I’d share a few that have pool, beach and departure lounge potential.   WILLOW WALK by SJI Holliday: The funfair’s come to Bankstoun but the most thrilling ride is Holliday’s emotional rollercoaster through the claustrophobic [...]

9 May, 2016

MORE BAD NEWS

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:07+00:00 May 9th, 2016|

The trail of clues makes it clear that increasing numbers of eager crime and thriller fans and writers are drawn to the expanding number of UK fiction events. Here is an extended version of my latest crime festival round-up that appeared in Natasha Harding’s @sunbookscolumn. Details were correct at the time of writing. Be sure [...]

27 November, 2015

BORN IN THE BACK OF A CAR

By | 2015-11-26T20:54:06+00:00 November 27th, 2015|

People are always asking about Danny. His past has its shady parts but no one’s perfect. That said, Danny’s got nothing to hide, well not too much, so now there’s a brief biography on the website: “Danny Lancaster was born in May, 1985, in the back of a Ford Sierra in Edmonton, North London, on [...]

13 November, 2015

BAT OUT OF HELL

By | 2015-11-12T20:29:01+00:00 November 13th, 2015|

It’s a rare opportunity to have your own 24-hour race track available free and on demand. The M25 London orbital motorway is 40 this year but when the first section between South Mimms and Potters Bar opened it was the road to nowhere. The spotless concrete runway was largely deserted until the rest of the [...]

6 November, 2015

WINTER WORKLOAD

By | 2017-11-09T08:38:07+00:00 November 6th, 2015|

Things are on the move. My redesigned website – www.billtodd.co.uk – is up and running. Plus I am about to publish my aviation history book PIGTAIL PILOT and the new untitled Danny Lancaster 6 is making progress. Pigtail Pilot will bring DLE’s bookshelf to seven titles - five crime and two factual - with Danny6 [...]