Troubador Publishing has just finalised the cover of Frank's first children's book, aimed at 8-11 year olds. Full publication and distribution is due for 28th October 2023.
The design relies heavily on the wonderfully vivid illustrations produced by Susy Jones. Huge thanks to all those who helped make this happen!
Frank Hurst has just completed his latest novel, the second exhilarating story of his new Hansom Cab Trilogy.
An extraordinary turn of events sees cab proprietor, Henry Gough propelled from the familiar streets of Victorian London into the grip of a stirring adventure, full of danger, political intrigue and ruthless treachery in faraway Siam.
When Henry becomes the only witness to the brutal murder of his passenger on one of London's richest avenues, he is given a clandestine mission to perform - one which will end on the banks of Bangkok's steamy Chao Phraya River. As he uncovers a sinister plot that will bring chaos to Siam, Henry draws ever closer to revealing the assassin's true identity, and is forced to confront powerful forces that threaten his own life.
As Britain and France's colonial ambitions clash inside the court of King Chulalongkorn, the scene is set for a bitter struggle that will decide the fate of Siam itself.
The Bangkok Betrayal is a breathtaking addition to the series of Henry Gough novels that began with The Peccavi Plot.
“A must read - a cracking tale that will transport readers to another world; full of wonderful and believable characters.”
“While twists and turns abound, the story retains the authenticity for which Hurst's writing is so renowned.”
The sequel to The Peccavi Plot still doesn't have a name but the manuscript is now well into its final stages. Who would have imagined a humble London hansom cab driver could have ever become embroiled in the intrigue and politics of the Royal Court of Siam! The aim is to have the first draft completed before a very different King is crowned! Writing in the peace and quiet of a tropical garden in ancient Ayutthaya certainly helps.
Frank is thrilled to announce that Troubador Publishing have taken on his Golden Triangle Trilogy in full. After successfully publishing The Postmistress of Nong Khai in 2016 the second and third books in the series, The Chiang Mai Assignment and Mekong Dragon have now been added to the collection, and can be explored via the Troubador links for each book. Many thanks must go to the excellent team at Troubador for producing such a high-quality product.
Frank arrived back in Chiang Mai in February to work on completing his sequel to 'The Peccavi Plot'. The new novel sees Henry Gough embark on a precarious journey to the mysterious Orient in search of the killer of a Siamese prince. Set both in 1880s London and Bangkok, it promises to be another story of Victorian espionage, interlaced with intrigue, danger and romance. If all goes well, publication will be in time for Christmas. What a present!
The book launch of The Peccavi Plot took place at the British Library on August 20th. My thanks to LR Price for making it such a memorable event.
Frank has just completed his first children’s thriller, “The Story of Jett”. Set in a distant corner of our galaxy on the moon Trident, one of the swirling satellites of the planet Neptuna, the story of an eight-year-old boy’s adventures to be reunited with his long-lost family will thrill younger readers who enjoy adventure books or listening to bedtime stories read to them by adults. When a natural disaster robs young Jett of his parents and younger brother, he sets out to find them. Stumbling into a hostile new world, he befriends a girl his age who can help him in his quest. While learning a string of life affirming lessons on his perilous journey, Jett discovers that his hitherto sworn enemies are kinder than he imagined, and are prepared to lend a hand too. Fully illustrated in gloriously vibrant colours by the highly acclaimed artist, Susy Jones, the tale is a must read for all youngsters who relish exciting tales, vibrant characters and a story with plenty of surprises.
Frank has just returned from Chiang Mai where he has been researching a sequel to 'The Peccavi Plot', which he plans to set in both Victorian London and 19th century Siam (no spoilers!) Northern Siam has a fascinating history - where a powerful aura of magic pervades the senses. Watch this space!!
At the time, I was stationed in New Delhi, working for HMG to develop lines of intelligence to stem the flow of South West Asian heroin onto Britain’s streets...
Frank's new book 'The Peccavi Plot' will arrive in bookshops and online
this week, published by LR Price. A rip-roaring Victorian adventure, the
pages are filled with romance, intrigue and danger - a novel with more
than a grain of truth at its core. ...
Big thanks to Paul McLaughlin for his brilliantly evocative design
The life of Henry Gough – A Victorian Rag to Riches Tale of Passion and Courage.
On the face of it, a global pandemic should be perfect for a writer. It requires society to keep itself at arms length, maintain a respectable social distance, visit nowhere, apart perhaps from the pharmacist or the greengrocer. It should be a boon for a writer. There is a perceived wisdom; all a writer needs is an idea, a pen and lashings of solitude – right? Well, only partly right. Let me explain.