"The Local" lists "Guernica" as one of the 14 best novels on the subject of the Spanish Civil War

August 15, 2018

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Apologies for the authorial self-indulgence, but when European digital product, The Local, lists my novel "Guernica" among the 14 best on the Spanish Civil War (alongside Hemingway and Orwell), it's something worth posting.


The Lost History of Stars among anticipated 2017 historical fiction

January 20, 2017

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Nice mention of The Lost History of Stars in this book blog about 2017 historical fiction releases. (please cut and paste link)


The Best Book Club in the Northwest

November 15, 2016

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The self-proclaimed (but entirely deserving) The Best Book Club in the Northwest drove through 405 traffic to host a book discussion in my neighborhood -- and then supped at Anthony's. (You don't get to be The Best Book Club in the Northwest without some effort!) It is with great pride I point out that all the men attended as well -- not just to talk Seahawks. They all read the book. Literacy lives!

Publication date set for The Lost History of Stars

July 13, 2016

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The folks at Algonquin Publishing tell me that The Lost History of Stars will be published in the U.S. on June 6, 2017. It's been a long wait since we agreed to join forces in the summer of 2013, but in the interim, we've tinkered a bit with tightening and moving a few things around from the book that appeared in the U.K. and Commonwealth as The Undesirables.

I like the new title and am eager to see the new jacket. Editor Chuck Adams and the Algonquin marketing crew are famed in the business and I'm excited and fortunate to be dealing with them.

Here's an early reference: http://workman.com/products/9781616204174/


May 13, 2015

The Literary Ya-Yas of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Skype has been a terrific way to talk to book groups around the world. This visit (pictured) was with the delightful Literary Ya-Yas of St. Petersburg, Fla. Organizer Shelley Manes first emailed me ready to curse me out for getting her so attached to the characters in "Guernica" only to have to suffer their loss during the tragic bombing. I offered to Skype-visit with her book club during its meeting. They set up the computer and we had a great visit. Shelley forgave me, incidentally, and came away loving the book. In all, a very fun group! I have done a couple in England, with "The Undesirables," too.

The Undesirables paperback

June 18, 2014

Here's the cover for Picador's upcoming paperback release of The Undesirables.

The Undesirables

February 26, 2014

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When I started researching the second Anglo-Boer War for a project that would turn into the novel THE UNDESIRABLES, I almost immediately came across a picture that convinced me it was a topic worth examining. It was a haunting image of an emaciated young girl, Lizzie van Zyl, near death in a British concentration camp.

I thought I had a fair knowledge of world history, but it came as a surprise that the British were the first to engage in the widespread use of concentration camps during the Boer War -- not the Nazis during the Holocaust some four decades later.

During the latter stages of this war, which set South Africa aflame, the British burned some 30,000 Boer farm homes and interned untold thousands of civilians --Boer and native -- mostly women and children. The reported death toll in these poorly administered camps was nearly 30,000, victims of disease and malnutrition. That total was far greater than the combined casualties of the actual combatants on both sides during the entirety of the war.

Lizzie van Zyl.

Great visit to the New York Public Library

February 1, 2014

I was in New York City to cover the Super Bowl, but I got a little time to visit the NYC Public Library. The place is a monument to word and thought.

A couple statues out front feature the words of Whittier ("Beauty old yet ever new, eternal voice and inward word" ) and Plato But above all things truth beareth away the victory").

Inside, Milton's thoughts on the value of books ("A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.") enlighten those who enter the portal to at the Rose Main Reading Room.

The Reading Room (pictured) is a spectacular place to work. Not quite as good as the reading room at the British Museum (although, last time I was there, it was closed). It featured a Gutenberg bible ca. 1455

An unexpected highlight was an exhibit on the history of children's books. One was the book that Lewis Carroll gave to little Alice Littell, the girl who was his inspiration for Alice.

Another was a display of the original stuffed animals of Christopher Milne, which A.A. Milne used as inspiration for Winnie The Pooh.

New "The Undesirables"

January 24, 2014

Always fun to get new books. Thanks, Picador, beautiful jacket for The Undesirables!

Early reviews for The Undesirables

January 13, 2014

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The Undesirables (Picador UK) is drawing nice reviews from readers, bloggers and newspapers. Sorry for the absence of hyperlinks (seems to be down at the moment, so you'll have to cut and paste the links for full viewing).

*The Daily Mail (UK) gave it a nice mention here:


The highlight was: "This is another triumph from Dave Boling, whose first book, Guernica, met wide acclaim."

*And this from The Lady magazine, the longest-running women's magazine in the UK:


The highlight was : "This enthralling novel takes us straight to the nub of the second Boer War. Written from the perspective of a Boer adolescent, it captures with raw vividness the emotions stirred by war and loss."

*Here are a few from Amazon.co.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Undesirables-Dave-Boling/dp/1447233239/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389645829&sr=8-1&keywords=the+undesirables

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