The latest offering from the Lethbridge-Stewart range is a limited edition collection of stories by a caste of exciting new writing talent.
In August 2017, Candy Jar Books encouraged aspiring writers and fans of the novel series to send in their pitches for a chapter in the Lethbridge-Stewart universe. The best and brightest of these culminate into this short story anthology. Head of publishing, Shaun Russell, says:
“With The Havoc Files coming to an end, and the Brig celebrating his 50th anniversary this year, I am very excited to be presenting a new take on this iconic character. We’ve had such high quality stories and we feel the fans will enjoy taking an alternative journey alongside the Haisman characters.”
The book features eight exclusive shorts featuring Alistair at various stages in his life. This is a chance for fans to see the Brigadier like never before!
The eight stories are:
- Shadows in the Glen by Richard Brewer
- The Friendship Paradox by Thomas Firth
- Special Responsibility by Gary Tinnams
- Soldier in Time by Martin Gregory
- The Man with the Red Case by Matthew Ball
- The Brigadier Rides Again by Ross Hastings
- In Machina Exspiravit by Anthony Robertson
- Burning Daylight by Paul Chase
The idea for the Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition came from the company’s commitment to shedding light on fresh writing talent. Since 2015, the range has championed previously unknown authors such as Jonathan Macho and Gareth Madgwick, alongside famous writing names in the Doctor Who universe like John Peel, Nick Walters, Simon A Forward, and David A McIntee.
Lauren Thomas, publishing co-ordinator at Candy Jar Books, says:
“It’s been a real eye-opener to witness the abundance of creativity and passion held for the Brigadier by Doctor Who fans. We always knew that the submissions wouldn’t disappoint, but we’ve truly been delighted by the quality of writing.”
Range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, adds:
“As we move into our planned second phase for the Brig, we feel it’s time to explore all aspects of his life across the decades. This new approach will be seen first in Lineage and will be followed by our six anniversary novels (due to be released later this year). As an alternative take on the character, The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection fits perfectly within this new mindset.”
The top story in this collection will be announced later in the spring; this announcement will thus reveal which author will get to work with Andy Frankham-Allen on a new Lethbridge-Stewart novel.
“It takes something special to get into the mind of the Brigadier and I’m anticipating great things from all of these talented new writers. You never know we may be launching a new Chris Chibnall or Terrance Dicks at the beginning of their career.”
And by buying The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection, you’ll be helping charity because £1.50 from each book will be donated the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. Shaun, who received chemotherapy treatment at the centre, says:
“In 2015, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer, just as we were launching the first Lethbridge-Stewart series. As you can imagine, undergoing six months of treatment was physically and emotionally draining. If it wasn’t for the support of the centre I wouldn’t have got through this difficult time. This is my way of giving something back.”
As well as many other stories, the book features young Alistair in World War Two, the 1970s Brig in action, and a retired Alistair as he discovers the real nightmare of commuting. This book will be a limited edition release, only available to purchase directly from Candy Jar Books for £8.99 and with limited copies available.
The short story collection is part of the 50th anniversary of the Brigadier, so keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements from Candy Jar about how the publishers are celebrating this incredible feat.
The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection is available to pre-order now.