Most of the action within Mike Shevdon‘s superior urban fantasy, Sixty-One Nails, is set in real places, and the book is centred on an ancient English ceremony that you can attend each year.

Mike has been writing a fascinating series of blog articles over at his site (www.Shevdon.com). You really should go over there and read them – even if you haven’t read the book, they’re excellent travelogue pieces in their own right.

The Queens Remembrancer - c) Mark Cator from Keepers of the Kingdom: The Ancient Offices of Britain
The Queen's Remembrancer - (c) Mark Cator from Keepers of the Kingdom: The Ancient Offices of Britain

In a series beginning with Is That Gingerbread? (in which¬†Mike talks about the gorgeous old cottage where one of the protagonists grew up, complete with photos) through Lethal London and The Templar’s Forge, through to a description of the 798-year old Quit Rent ceremony, which Mike attended this week (and which was apparently performed incorrectly, so let’s hope that the events foretold by the book don’t come true!)

Don’t forget that Sixty-One Nails is published today, too, so be sure to pick up a copy when you nip out for your lunch.

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