And so…. we’re finally there. The paperback of Dr Dan Moves On should be on sale by the end of next week. The Kindle edition is available to pre-order and will be released on October 30th.

If you buy a copy, I thank you very much. If you read it, enjoy it and post a review on Amazon, my cup runneth over. Just one thing: please, no spoilers. Most readers prefer to find out what happens for themselves.

So now what? As usual I’m suffering from empty desk syndrome. My writing routine kept me as sane as was possible during the past few months. I’m missing it already, but I know I need to take a break. All work and no play soon turns a person into a bore. I’m going to defy C***d and travel a little, get out my neglected sketchbook, read some of the books I’ve bought in moments of whimsy and generally catch up on normal life. This week’s tasks are, 1. to make a Tarte Tatin and turn it out of its tin without any of it landing on the floor and, 2. to reverse engineer a pair of silk trousers my Mum bought in India nearly 40 years ago and try to recreate them. There may be rude words uttered.

Then I have some thinking to do. Will there be another Dr Dan book? I hope so, but it very much depends on reactions to Book 3. If the feedback is good, there’s plenty more where that came from. But there are also other possibilities, book proposals which my erstwhile publishers, over the years, didn’t fancy. Maybe I’ll write one of those as well. Nobody to stop me now!



  1. Helen Evans on October 12, 2020 at 4:36 am

    I have loved all your books Laurie and really looking forward to DR Dan 3 and his adventures.
    Enjoy your break

  2. Laura L Sullivan on October 13, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I’ve ordered the latest Dr. Dan, and Amazon tells me it will be here this Saturday!

    (I’m also trying to order The Night in Question, which is the only one of your books I don’t own, but Amazon (US) seems to be confused, showing your book cover along with Tobias Wolff’s name, so I dare not order. Looks like I have a quest!)

  3. Jilly Watson on October 14, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Hi Laurie,

    I’m pleased to hear that your desk is clear and that you are planning a well earned break.

    What can I say about Dr Dan? First off, congratulations for doing what your parents always taught you and finishing not one, but three of what you started! Now I should continue by confessing that I only read the first book and I’m genuinely sorry to say that I was disappointed; I had waited so long and was so excited and then . . . He just wasn’t for me and didn’t seem to have been created from the same stuff as your other characters. It was as if you hadn’t mined the same seam as for your previous books. I haven’t left a review on Amazon because I tend not to post reviews but more importantly I did not want my ‘negative’ opinion up there for the wider public to see.

    You asked whether your readers wanted more of Dr Dan and mentioned that you had other ideas which had previously been rejected by publishers (well, you don’t need them now) and I’m intrigued. So yes please, I’d love to see what else you’ve got up your sleeve if you feel that Dr Dan has truly moved on.

    And now I suppose I am perhaps, but very probably, skulking off to Amazon nevertheless to buy 2 & 3 because it just wouldn’t feel right not to and because I feel I owe you . . .

    Have a great break, wherever you are allowed to travel to at the moment!

    Very best wishes,


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