Friday, 20 May 2022

May Madness (2022)

We are hoping to get the Podcasts back on iTunes with Apple, but at the moment this may not be possible.

Counter-intuitively the problem seems to be WordPress, where we were hosting the site. In the past we would use their Free plan or a basic Paid-For plan that removed advertising and allowed limited hosting. This paid-for plan was charged at a round £35 per year, with special-offers coming around now and then.

Now it seems we would need to pay £15 per month (plus VAT at 20% in the UK).

As we haven’t changed to the new tariff – an increase of over 500% – this explains the Apple problem. The Podcast files are no-longer available from WordPress unless we pay the new fee.

While the new monthly fee may not seem like a lot, the fact it is such a disproportionate increase, and without warning, does not bode well for future reliability. As you can see we have already moved the site to Google Blogger -  and this may turn out to be permanent.

The official desmondbagley.co.uk web-domain will remain constant whichever host we use.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Apple has Removed the Podcast

Sadly, Apple has removed the Desmond Bagley Podcast from iTunes. They haven't offered an explanation, nor did they give any warning that this might happen. We can only apologise to subscribers. 

More information to follow as we learn more.


Wednesday, 12 January 2022

John Templeton Smith - SkyTrap

Desmond Bagley’s protégé, John Templeton Smith who as we know is an accomplished thriller writer, has had his first ever novel reprinted by Silvertail. It’s available in Paperback or Kindle versions and is an exciting introduction to his work.

His later John Winter series is also worth exploring and very much in the mould of Jack Reacher, long before the latter’s popularity. And as a nod to the wise, there’s a new one on the way! Stay tuned for more news as I’m able to divulge.

Friday, 3 December 2021

Children In Need 2021 Charity Appeal

Friends of Philip Eastwood, who discovered the long-lost manuscript for Desmond Bagley's latest novel - Domino Island, are completing the Land's End to John O' Groats road-trip in a Peel P5 - the world's smallest car. They are uploading great, fun videos every day to YouTube are are excellent entertainment from lovely people. Please watch and support them.

Links below:

gofundme.com/f/the-uk-in-the-worlds-smallest-car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJyiG2AZYOM

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-59307070

Friday, 17 September 2021

Site Move

 

Due to maintenance issues this version of the web-site had been archived, however everything should now be resolved. The cobwebs have been blown away everything restored.

Wherever it has been hosted the Desmond Bagley site address has remained the same:

www.desmondbagley.co.uk 

... and should always take you to the latest version.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Need to Know

Jeremy Duns, famous journalist and thriller writer, has put together a great article about Desmond Bagley’s friend Iwan Morelius. Iwan was an outgoing and very friendly man, who served in the Swedish armed forces. He also helped a lot of best-selling thriller-writers of the day with military background and what today we’d call “social networking”.

The article is actually part of a book written by Mr Duns called “Need to Know” about the spy and thriller genre and his own part in that. It is available for free in many different eBook formats so head on over to his website and download yourself a copy. The link is in the header paragraph of the article.

https://www.jeremy-duns.com/needtoknow2/2021/4/9/from-sweden-with-love

Friday, 26 February 2021

Writer - A Memoir

Monday the 1st of March 2021 sees the digital publication of the eagerly awaited Desmond Bagley Memoir, "Writer". An incredibly rare and important glimpse into the life and mind of our world-wide, best-selling author. Remember to get your copy for free (along with a charity donation if possible) from: https://thebagleybrief.com