Monday, 24 December 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a very - 

Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.

2017 was a landmark year with the re-publication of all sixteen available novels. 2019 is set to be another with the publication for the first time in 34-years of a new book by the author. You can pre-order using the links in the previous post or make a note in your diary for the 16th May 2019.

We hope you have peaceful and enjoyable holidays and will come back soon, keen and refreshed for a new year that promises to be full of excitement for all fans new and old!

Enjoy the festivities.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Domino Island - New Cover Artwork

The new cover artwork for Domino Island is in the wild and the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted it on retailers web-sites such as Waterstones, Amazon, Apple iBooks and Google Play etc.

Publication date is the 16th May 2019 so order now and ensure you get your copy hot off the presses.

Links as follows:

Friday, 2 November 2018

BBC Radio Guernsey

This morning on BBC Radio Guernsey Both David Brawn from HarperCollins Publishers UK and Philip Eastwood of website were talking with Jenny Kendall-Tobias about the new novel from Desmond Bagley due to be published next year.

You can catch-up later today on iPlayer once the show has finished. David and Phil's segment starts at about 11:38am, so just after 2-hours in.

Friday, 12 October 2018


Great news announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair is that a previously unreleased novel by Desmond Bagley - Domino Island - will be published by HarperCollins Publishers UK in May 2019 !

Thirty-six years after the author's passing, a new novel being published is a tremendous achievement. It is the result of tireless dedication and support of the author's work by David Brawn, the Estates Manager at the publisher. Given that David also works for the Agatha Christie and Tolkien estates, this is a tremendous recommendation and cannot be understated.

Big thanks must also go to Philip Eastwood of The Bagley Brief web-site for his own dogged, extensive, trans-Atlantic research in support of his own project The Bagley Legacy. As you'll remember from my earlier posts Philip made a very successful appearance at the Guernsey Literary Festival this year, promoting the author.

The ISBN has already been allocated so you should be able pre-order from your favourite web-store:

ISBN: 978-0008333010

... certainly it is listed on Amazon.

More news and a new Podcast will be available very soon. Watch this space!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Other Book Reviews

Like Desmond Bagley we here at HQ are avid readers. Most of the time we go out and buy our reading-fix, but occasionally we are very lucky to be sent ARC (Advance Reading Copies) of new titles. However they come our way we will be posting occasional reviews on the web-site, in our new section. Hopefully you will find them interesting. They are up in the "Reviews" menu.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Moving House


The previous hosting company for this site has decided to close down their service after being its home for some thirteen years. If you came here from a Google search, then hello, nice to meet you!

The main address for the site was but because this is not a site marked as "secure" people may be put off visiting. Obtaining a certificate involves a cost and as there is no income from the site, visitor numbers has to justify the expense. Currently the site is mothballed here but still available to view over on WordPress if you are willing to click-through. We are looking into making changes that benefit all. Only my web-address is insecure, not the site itself, and no-one is hacking the address or using it for any other purpose other than a redirecting sign-post. Thank you.

Hopefully you will find all the information you need. The current move may only be temporary, depending on feedback received. By all means let us know what you think.

I hope you enjoy your visit and learn more about our remarkable author! 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Special Collection

The Desmond Bagley exhibition on Guernsey has now come to an end but the "Special Collection" created at the local Priaulx Library will continue to be available to visitors.

Monday, 14 May 2018

The Exhibition continues ...

Well the Guernsey Literary Festival is now over but The Life and Work of Desmond Bagley exhibition is open until the 9th June. It features original cover artwork, professional photographs of the author, excellent and informative information panels and a very personal painting by local artist Peter Le Vasseur. Well worth a visit if you find yourself anywhere near the Guille-Allès Library in Market Street, St Peter Port.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Blue Plaque

A very significant day for the ongoing memory of the author and his wife. A new Blue Plaque was unveiled at their former home, now called Bagley Hall, at 11:30am this morning by the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard John Collas.

To see the Blue Plaque and read about the unveiling head on over to The Bagley Brief.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Future ...

Hello World!

Because the current web-host for the official Desmond Bagley web-site is closing their service down and kicking us out, I am exploring options for places to move the site.

Although it has been online for over 20-years, it has generated no income, and no-one supports it but myself. In this modern world, with the exponential growth in Internet use and its monetisation, cost has become a real issue and a free host such as Google's Blogger platform may be the only way to go...

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Guernsey Literary Festival - Podcast no.13

The 10th of May marks the start of the Guernsey Literary Festival for 2018, and this year there are special events remembering their once famous author.

For more details please check out the latest Podcast. It is available right now in the menu above...

... or on Apple iTunes

Friday, 4 May 2018

Guernsey 2018 Update

Philip Eastwood of The Bagley Brief web-site is on Guernsey in the Channel Islands for their annual Literary Festival and this morning he appeared on BBC Radio Guernsey's Jenny Kendall-Tobias' show to talk about Desmond Bagley. Please follow the link below to listen. Philip's segment starts at 03:50 and runs for 24-minutes.

Philip has also appeared in a podcast for the Guille-Allès library, also on Guernsey and posted on the 3rd May. The link to that:ès-public-library-podcast/id1043183797?mt=2

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Guernsey Literary Festival

As we approach the annual Guernsey Literary Festival for 2018 it has just been announced the author and his wife have been awarded a Blue Plaque in recognition of their charitable contributions to the island. The inauguration will take place on Friday the 11th May at their former residence, Bagley Hall, newly named in their honour and now a suite of luxury apartments. Philip Eastwood's introduction "Desmond Bagley – The writer who continues to inspire" will take place the day before, on Thursday 10th May, at the Guille-Allès Library.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Author article re-published

The hard work of Philip Eastwood has resulted in Desmond Bagley's 1980 article for In Britain magazine entitled "A Little Peace of Britain" being republished for the first time in 38-years. Details in the Misc menu section.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Podcast no.12

The 12th Podcast has just been uploaded. This time we take a look at the author's fifth novel - The Vivero Letter - and update readers on a special event at this year's Guernsey Literary Festival. You can find it here in the Podcasts section or on iTunes.

Also, here is the link mentioned in the Podcast:

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

And again, the podcasts on iTunes:

Desmond Bagley on iTunes

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Podcast no.11

Podcast number 11 has just been uploaded both here and on iTunes.

For this episode we explore the motivation of the author and look forward to an interesting event later this year.