Will there be a sequel to 'Major Benjy'?

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Will there be a sequel to 'Major Benjy'?

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1VPaladin
Feb 11, 2010, 9:27pm

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2VPaladin
Feb 11, 2010, 9:30pm

Does anyone (or guyfs) know if the intended sequels to 'Major Benjy' are due to be published?

If they are not going to be published, will Guy Fraser-Sampson find another medium for them? Is there anything we can do to try to get them published - assuming that 'Lucia on Holiday' the second book in Fraser-Sampson's intended trilogy has been completed?

Thanks!

3guyfs
Feb 13, 2010, 3:06am

Many thanks for your continued interest. Yes, it is still my intention to write another two, and the second one is part-written. However, there are a few issues.

First, for all the messages of support which I have received (which ARE very welcome!), sales of "Major Benjy" have been disappointing, as has the attitude of the bookshops towards stocking it, and the two things are obviously related. By the way, many thanks to Waterstones in Hampstead, who are a very honourable exception here. Both I and the publishers always said that the decision whether to publish the others would depend on how well this one sold. You cannot expect a publisher to do something without the expectation of making at least a reasonable profit.

We were hoping that every Luciaphile would both buy the book for themselves and also several other copies to give away as presents, but obviously this has not happened. So, in a very real sense, the answer to the question you pose lies in the hands of the members of this group, and others like it, as well as with all Mapp & Lucia lovers. Like it or not, publishing is a business, and if we all want these additional books to be published then everyone has to be prepared to support the project, and strongly.

In fact, I have been discussing with Tom Holt the possiblity of publishing an entire set of Mapp & Lucia books, which would include both of his and all three of mine, so it just shows what might be possible given the right support.

The other issue is copyright. Benson goes out of copyright in the UK at the end of this year, hence the above discussion. However, the US rules are different so that any new edition would either have to be "not for sale in the USA", or we would have to continue to make payments to the estate, as both Tom and I had to do in respect of our books.

My position is very simple. I want to write them, and in fact already have the parts of both books roughed out. But there is little point in my pressing on with them if I know they are unlikely to be published.

So please, everyone, do your bit by getting out there and buying it for Valentine, Birthday and Christmas presents. This will not just boost the propsects for "Lucia on Holiday" but might just convert a whole new generation of Luciaphiles.

Yous should also request it from your local public library. Pester them until they buy it and then get together with your friends and family to make sure that it is borrowed repeatedly, because there are publishing statistics which track these things.

4VPaladin
Feb 13, 2010, 6:29pm

Hi Guy

Good to hear from you again and thank you for your in-depth reply.

It is disheartening that sales were disappointing - I purchased several copies and spread the word and knew of others who did the same. I hadn't thought of the library so will try that as well.

An entire set of Mapp and Lucia books would be fantastic! Please do keep us updated here so we can be primed :-)

Come on everyone... let's get behind this and revitalise sales! I would love the Tilling saga to continue.

5VPaladin
Dic 19, 2010, 1:57pm

Hi!

Any news... on forthcoming M&L books?

Merry Christmas to you all!

6guyfs
Mar 10, 2011, 4:47am

Many thanks for the continued support.

I am currently busy with a very different book, but hope to return to "Lucia on Holiday" later this year.

GuyFS

7guyfs
Mayo 31, 2011, 3:57am

Now back to "Lucia on Holiday", and interest in principle from a new publisher - watch this space!

8sqdancer
Mayo 31, 2011, 4:00pm

watch this space

*stares intently*

9VPaladin
Jul 25, 2011, 8:59am

Hi Guy

Just saw your May reply. Wonderful news! Do you have a publication date yet?

Best wishes,
vpaladin.

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