George and Xiaolong’s chums at the Tower

Meet the ravens of the Tower of London in this BBC profile – along with the Yeoman Warder lucky enough to look after them – the Ravenmaster, Chris Skaife. Ravens_005 and

Exciting, yes, but there’s more to it.

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Sarah Grant, English teacher and British expat in Bucuresti, had this to say about the book (and more).

Arabella McIntyre-Brown’s exciting Dragons Over London brings home the values of loyalty, courage and openmindedness through a whirlwind of magic, suspense and adventure. Whether you’re a tiny mouse or a huge dragon, acceptance and truth are the crux to overcoming bigotry, discrimination and prejudice to build strength and resilience in the face of adversity…. Read the whole review here.

Book of the month!

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Yes, the dragons have that wonderful label… the publisher’s book of the month!! Doesn’t that sound nice?

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How to order your dragons

The book is rolling off the printing presses as I write! And Mona, the publisher, told me in secret (!!!) that the initial response from teachers has been very enthusiastic. In fact she said (even more secretly) that the Dragons are top of the list of forthcoming attractions…!!  (apologies for all the exclamation marks – I usually hate them – but it is very exciting to hear this kind of thing from one’s lovely publisher!!!!!!!!!!!)

Okay – I’ve calmed down.

Several friends have asked how they can get their hands on a copy, so I thought a quick post was in order. The quickest and easiest way to order, is from the publishers themselves.

booklet fiction logoBooklet Fiction’s order line is:

021 430 30 95 

And very soon I’ll post any other details about ordering.

There will also be news of events – book signings, readings, writing workshops, and more. Dragons are coming to town… your town.

Getting close to publication day!

The book is going to print next week… here’s a sneak preview of the cover, and more information about the book.

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As you can tell, the book is mostly for Romanians learning English, but it would be good for English speakers learning Romanian, too!

For native English speakers, this is the translation of the boo blurb you can see above:

Dragons over London  We begin in the 11th century. After travelling around the world, the imperial Chinese dragon Xiaolong settles in the Tower of London, not long after it was built by William the Conqueror. But London’s own dragons do not want a foreigner on their patch and, for many centuries, do their best to kill the Chinese invader. With so many enemies around, Xiaolong badly needs a bodyguard. And a friend. These roles are taken on with pride by George, only a common-as-muck mouse who lives in the Tower, but the most brave and loyal companion of all. Nearly 400 generations of Georges devote their lives to Xiaolong, from George I in 1086, until today when we meet George CCCLXXXVIII. An action adventure written with humour, Dragons over London is a wonderful opportunity to read an alternative history of London (almost entirely based on known facts), with a dramatic climax in the skies over Britain’s capital city.

Published by Booklet Fiction, Dragoni per cerul Londrei will be out in the next few weeks – when I have a precise date I’ll let you know, of course. And when we have some events organised – readings at schools and bookshops, for instance – I’ll tell you about those, too.

If you’d like a reading at your place, let me know!

 

New Year at the Tower of London

On the sunny 2nd January 2017… what else but a trip to the Tower? Could have spent the whole day there – too much to see. I must only have seen 20% of what’s there for visitors, and had no time for just mooching around watching and looking. Tickets seem expensive at £25 but actually it’s fantastic value. From the 11th century well in the basement to Henry VIII’s armour , it’s an astonishing slug of over 1,000 years of English history, all in one place.

I last went to the Tower as a child – my father’s firm supplied slaked lime to the Tower in the early 1960s for the repair of the stone walls, so we were given free entry – quite some privilege! I hadn’t been back for 50 years, but it was worth the wait.

 

And the reason for the visit? I wanted to do some vital research for my new book, Dragons over London, which will be set in London (the clue’s in the title), and mostly at the Tower, where my hero, the Chinese dragon Xiaolong, has been living since he arrived in 1086. The Tower has changed a bit in nearly 1,000 years of turbulent history, but not that much. Built by William the Conqueror, it was at the heart of London’s history for over 600 years as the most important royal palace and the greatest building in London.

It’s very easy to imagine a dragon lying on the roof and taking off from that parapet to glide through the London sky…