Paging Doctor Book.

I’ve had quite a few readers who are subscribed to my personal newsletter e-mailing or posting in to say thank you to me for mentioning in January 2020 that I was worried about a pandemic sweeping across the world and that I had taken action by selling all my unit trusts and shares in case events went sideways, going long on gold/silver mining.

Some of you, it seems, decided to emulate me and do likewise. You’re now asking if there’s anything you can do for me to say thank you for preserving your wealth.

A few things come to mind.

Firstly, what, are you freaking crazy! I mentioned that none of what I said should be construed as financial advice, and I wouldn’t recommend following me in selling off your hard-earned stocks and shares. I’m a science fiction/fantasy author for crike’s sake, not Warren Buffett. This will definitely be the last time I mention my personal investment actions in public. I’m perfectly happy to risk my own net worth on my super-predictor abilities and have been doing so since I had my first internship. Having anybody else’s happiness resting on my shoulders is a weight I would rather not carry, cheers very much.

That being said, I really need nothing for myself – I’m lucky enough to have a job (still) where I love what I do and all I require to achieve it is to apply my bum to a seat, make a 30p coffee, and away I go. Happy as Larry. I turned my back on the career world and running investment banks 20 years ago, and have never regretted it. If I wanted mountains of Jeff Bezos money, I would have stayed in that life and been unhappy till the day I retired. I would probably then have died in short order from stress-related illnesses, and my family could have buried me inside an Aston Martin, rather than my current ancient cheap-arse Skoda.

Happiness is a funny thing. People say you can’t buy it. But, you kinda can… just not with the folding green.

If you want to donate, write a cheque (or check, if you are American) to a charity of your choice. Smaller is better, usually, to get cash and resources to those who need it. If you’ve already done that, and your cup still brimmeth over, then pick up one of my old books and forward it to a family member, friend, or someone whose work you admire so they can enjoy it too.

You’re welcome.

The Pashtun Boy's Paradise
The Pashtun Boy’s Paradise


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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