Artwork Competition

To celebrate our new website, we are giving YOU the chance to win a one-of-a-kind piece of original artwork featuring the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart! Created by Richard Young, one of the main artists for the Lethbridge–Stewart series, this piece is a unique collector’s item and a must-have and for any fan!

As a reader-led brand, this competition not only presents readers with a chance to win a prized piece of artwork, but also gives us the opportunity to understand the minds of our readers. Your opinions really do matter to us!

To enter the competition, just fill answer the questions below to cast your vote for your favourite book, short story and book cover.

It really is just that easy!

You will automatically be entered into the prize draw, giving you the chance to win your very own original piece of artwork to complete your Lethbridge-Stewart collection.

Welcome to your Lethbridge-Stewart Book Survey

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Which is your Favourite Lethbridge Stewart Book?
Which is your Favourite Lethbridge Stewart Book Cover?
Which has been your favourite HAVOC file?
What Has Been Your Favourite Lethbridge-Stewart Spin-Off?
Which has been your favourite SHORT STORY?
Have you any suggestions for the Lethbridge-Stewart novels?

NOVELLA SCHEDULE CHANGE AND NEW TITLE

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce a new title to its limited edition Lethbridge-Stewart novella range!

Travers & Wells features, as the title suggests, Edward Travers teaming up with the grandfather of sci-fi, HG Wells in what may be the first in a series of adventures exploring the inspiration behind many of the Wells’ classics. Read More →

New Lethbridge-Stewart Site Launched

Award-winning independent publisher Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the world of Lethbridge-Stewart is getting bigger, with the launch of its brand new website just for fans!

Website designer at North East Design Consultants, Richard Young, says: “Creating a website for Candy Jar is one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever been involved with. There are so many different elements to the site. It’s something you can easily get lost in and thoroughly enjoy exploring.”

Candy Jar’s Publishing Coordinator, Lauren Thomas, said: “With the fifth Lethbridge-Stewart season due soon, Richard has managed to create a website which celebrates our beloved Brigadier. The site contains interviews, forums, and never-before-seen material, and the chance to sign up to a newsletter and download a variety of free stories.”

Constant updates on the upcoming books in the series will be added as the site develops. Alongside this, information about The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, a separate series about the Brigadier’s granddaughter, is also available.

Editorial Co-ordinator, Will Rees, says: “Since we launched the books we’ve had lots of questions and comments from fans about the Brigadier’s time in Doctor Who, as well as our novels. We wanted this site to keep readers completely up-to-date with every aspect of the series, explore the mythology of the Brig, and act as a news portal for new releases.”

The Lethbridge-Stewart novels are set just after the Doctor Who serial, The Web of Fear and feature the characters and concepts created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. Lethbridge-Stewart is one of Doctor Who’s longest running characters, and is better known to Doctor Who fans as the Brigadier. Between 1968 and 2008 he was played by the late Nicholas Courtney, whose death was paid tribute to in popular series finale, The Wedding of River Song.

Head of publishing, Shaun Russell, says: “With the fiftieth anniversary approaching we wanted to do something special for the fans. This website collects together everything you need to know about the Brigadier and we plan to add much more content as the months roll by.”

To celebrate the launch of the website, Candy Jar Books is offering readers a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Lethbridge-Stewart original painting created by Richard Young. To enter the competition, just CLICK HERE and enter Candy’s Jar poll to vote for your favourite book, short story and cover design, and then you will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

Brand New Short Story

Last weekend saw the 50th Anniversary of BBC Radio 1, and to help celebrate the event Candy Jar Books has released a brand-new, Kindle-only, short story called ’48 Crash, by Mark Carton.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, said: “Having grown up listening to BBC Radio, I’ve been waiting to hear what they had planned for the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a British institution that has had such an impact over the years. When Mark suggested that he’d like to write a short story to mark the event, I thought that combining his core idea with the Lethbridge-Stewart range was a no-brainer.”

The BBC One Roadshow is in town, but Lethbridge-Stewart isn’t one for leisure. A rogue analyst has discovered the threat of an alien invasion encoded in the lyrics of pop hits. With the festivities beginning, and fifty-thousand revellers in attendance, the Brigadier must get to the bottom of the mystery before musical mayhem is unleashed.

You can buy ’48 Crash on Amazon Kindle priced £1.29.

A PDF version of ’48 Crash will also be available to customers who purchase The Flaming Soldier from the Candy Jar website. It will be sent out later this week.

Kindle Bonanza

All of the fourth series is now on Kindle for £4.99 each; Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones.

Added to that, ten short stories from the first three volumes of The HAVOC Files are now available as individual titles on Kindle, all for £1.29. The titles are: The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter, The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen, The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter, The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell, In His Kiss by Sue Hampton, The Band of Evil by Roger J Hammond & Shaun Russell, The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter, The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock, Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone, and The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen.

Shaun continues: “The celebratory release of ’48 Crash aligns with our Kindle release of the individual short stories featured in our limited edition HAVOC Files one through three. Each short story will now be available to download from Amazon Kindle individually for £1.29. Customers who previously missed the PDF e-books will be able to read each story in isolation without having to commit to the whole load. This is something we’ve been asked for many times. You ask, we do!”

The Flaming Soldier Now Posted

The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant has now been posted out to all pre-order customers.

It is also possible to pre-order a preview copy of the new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, announced last month. The book is due to be released widely in early 2018, but limited copies are available now via the Candy Jar website: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html .

Candy Jar Books is also offering an exciting new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launched at the Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff this year, the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition invites writers to submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. More details about how to submit can be found at the Candy Jar Books Festival website here:

https://www.candyjarbookfestival.co.uk/.

Brand New Short Story Free Download

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest free pdf-only short story, The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper. This can be downloaded from the Candy Jar website.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen introduces the story: “The Cruel Oil is a result of our recent short story open submission window. It was a simple but fascinating pitch; When disaster occurs at a North Sea platform, and dead bodies preserved in tar from the spillage begin to disappear from their morgues, Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers discover just how cruel the oil of Earth can be… Upon reading the full outline I just knew it contained a ‘classic era’ feel, and would be better suited to Anne Travers and Bill Bishop. Which led me to another idea…”

At only twenty years of age, Harry Draper is one of the youngest authors to write for the Lethbridge-Stewart range. Originally from Bristol, he nows lives in Ormskirk, West Lancashire, and explains a little of his long-standing desire to write some Doctor Who related material: “Just over ten years ago, I read my first Doctor Who book in my local Waterstones. Naturally, having failed to grow up all this time later, I leapt at the opportunity to submit a pitch to the Lethbridge-Stewart short story opportunity. When Andy suggested the idea of depicting Anne Travers and Bill Bishop’s first date, and Anne coming to terms with her father’s death, I knew then we had a story worth telling. Now, at long last, it has materialised! And no one is safe from the Silhouettes. Here’s to never quite growing up.”

The Cruel Oil is set shortly before the novel, The Dreamer’s Lament, released last month. Dating is never straight forward when you work for the Corps, especially for the ever-inqusitive Anne Travers. It will be released in our paperback short story collection, HAVOC Files 4, which is still available for pre-order direct from the Candy Jar store for £8.99:

To download this story visit:http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

Also out now, for only one month, preview copies of the new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries. The start of a new series of adventures focusing on Lethbridge-Stewart’s granddaughter, who carries on his legacy from the small Welsh coastal town of Ogmore-by-Sea. The book is released commercially early 2018, but a very limited number of preview copies can now be ordered only from the Candy Jar store until the end of September, for only £7.99:

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

New Lethbridge-Stewart Announced

 

Award-winning independent publisher Candy Jar Books is publishing a new series of novels, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries. A spin-off from Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart range, Lucy Wilson will likewise feature fully licensed characters and concepts from the BBC’s beloved Doctor Who.

Twelve-year-old Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy Ogmore-by-Sea in south Wales. But when she arrives in her new seaside home, it isn’t as boring as she expected. The village is under the control of a mysterious alien force, and it falls to Lucy and her new friend, Hobo, to stop it.

Lucy is a new character in the Doctor Who universe, but she has illustrious heritage. She is the granddaughter of the iconic Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, one of Doctor Who’s longest running characters. The Brigadier, as he is known to fans, was played by the late Nicholas Courtney, whose death in 2011 prompted the show to pay tribute to him in the series finale, The Wedding of River Song.

So far Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart series has continued on from the BBC’s Web of Fear, taking place in the 1970s period known as Doctor Who’s “classic era”.

But three years into the series, Shaun Russell, head of publishing, thought the time was right to broaden the Brig’s horizons. He says: “The great thing about Doctor Who is that it appeals to adults and children alike. There’s something for everybody to explore, from The Sarah Jane Adventures for the very young, to Torchwood for those a bit older. Lethbridge-Stewart’s last appearance in any Doctor Who media was, in fact, in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m sure that sent a lot of kids back to the classic series to see what all the fuss about. And once you’re a fan of that, you’re generally a fan for life.

“The Brig is such a fundamental part of classic Doctor Who, but after Nicholas Courtney’s death, he’s naturally become less a part of the ongoing programme. We thought that, with the Lucy Wilson series, we could ensure his legacy continues into the modern day – at the same time hopefully sending young fans back to the classics! This is why we have decided to pit Lucy up against the iconic Great Intelligence.”

Not only is the Great Intelligence making a guest appearance, but also the Brigadier and a couple of other characters well-known to fans of the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books, and The Web of Fear.

Not that Lucy needs much help. A modern girl with strong values and opinions, she’s dauntless, loyal and whip smart – qualities long embodied by the Doctor himself. Jodie Whittaker’s recent casting as the first ever female Doctor has spotlighted the positive example the character provides young viewers. It is a tradition Candy Jar wanted to continue with its own contributions to the Who universe.

Sue Hampton, author of two previous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, says: “I’m sure that the new Doctor will defeat her enemies with courage and ingenuity – and with the help of her friends. It’s great for kids to have someone like this as their role model. They’re the values of the show. And while she’s very much her own girl, we see Lucy as embodying similar traits. We hope young readers will find her just as inspiring.”

The book has been endorsed by Eggheads presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine. He says: “A great read – brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page.”

The cover art is by Steve Beckett, a freelance writer and illustrator who has contributed artwork for the UK’s longest running children’s weekly comic The Beano, including The Bash Street Kids, General Jumbo and Bully Beef and Chips.  He says: “I am very excited to have contributed to the expanding Lethbridge-Stewart universe. Shaun contacted me because he was familiar with my work for The Beano. He wanted something that could appeal to the young and adults alike. Hopefully I have achieved this. Drawing the Intelligence in my cartoon style was great fun, and I have certainly grown quite fond of the characters. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Lucy’s adventures develop.”

Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton is available for pre-order exclusively for fans until the end of September, with dispatch shortly thereafter. The commercial release of the book will be early next year.

BLURB:

Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy south Wales. But when she arrives at her new seaside home, it doesn’t appear to be as boring as she expected.

Ogmore-by-Sea seems to be under the control of a mysterious and powerful force. But why is Lucy its target? And why, when students at her new school start to disappear, does no one seem to care?

With the help of her new friend Hobo, Lucy Wilson must assume the mantle of her grandfather, the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and defeat an invisible enemy before it’s too late.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure and features licensed characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

Please visit http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html to pre-order the book.

HAVOC Files 4 Up for Pre-order

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material!

The HAVOC Files 4 contains three short stories only previously available in digital format and released early 2017: United in Blood by Mark Jones; The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters, and The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (runner-up of the South Wales short story competition 2015). It also contains five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episode one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).

Of HAVOC 4, Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.”

Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen (not to be confused with Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen), who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The cover has been designed by Richard Young. He says: “Shaun had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I’ve always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.”

Blurb:

Strange goings on in a small English village, training for new members of the Fifth Operational Corps, and the two Brigadiers meeting up to take on the most notorious aliens in the galaxy…

Lethbridge-Stewart encounters a unicorn in Linfield, Anne Travers and Bill Bishop go on their first official date…

Just some of the strange tales that make up HAVOC 4, which features five brand new short stories, including one by Wink Taylor, who has written for both Sooty and Basil Brush. Plus three stories previously only available in digital format, including one by popular author Nick Walters, and the final installment of the exclusive three-part novella, The Lost Skin, by Andy Frankham-Allen.

A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who, starring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, based on the characters created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln

The HAVOC Files 4:

  • The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
  • The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters
  • United in Blood by Mark Jones
  • The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
  • All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
  • The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
  • The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
  • The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho
  • The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store for £8.99, and is a strictly limited-print run. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

The HAVOC Files 4 is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

HAVOC 1 and 2 are sold out, but Candy Jar still has a handful of copies of HAVOC 3 left.

The HAVOC Files 3 is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.

Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell.

Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface…

The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book is available from: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html

The next novel in the series, The Daughters of Earth, is currently at the printers.

New Details on forthcoming novel

 

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the third Lethbridge-Stewart novel of 2017.

The Dreamer’s Lament sees Lethbridge-Stewart team up once again with Harold Chorley, to investigate the case of a missing train. The trail leads to the Keynsham Triangle, and the year 1815. Together they are thrown into a story of body snatching, slavery and animals that refuse to stay dead.

It is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books.

Range editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The Dreamer’s Lament started off as an unpublished Second Doctor Doctor Who novel that Ben wrote some years ago. Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.”

Ben, who now lives in Manchester, has had an extremely varied career that has ranged from clerical work, television production to puppet making. He was more than happy to rework the story, and collaborate with Andy in how to turn it into a Lethbridge-Stewart novel. Ben says: “When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.”

The cover art is by Martin Baines, doing his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says: “I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.”

Ben has this to say about the cover: “When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.”

The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Candy Jar’s Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell. He says: “I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.”

Blurb:
While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thedreamerslament.html

Candy Jar is also launching its very first Candy Jar Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
• 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
• 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
• Low-low discounts on selected other books
• Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html