Sixteen months on from publication of A Very Important Teapot, I am delighted to announce that Claret Press will be publishing its sequel, Bored to Death in the Baltics, in September 2021, by which time I hope that the vicelike grip of Covid may have eased sufficiently for it to be launched in a more traditional method than via the ubiquitous Zoom.

I don’t wish to give too much away at this stage, but the title will tell you that, unlike Teapot, the new book is NOT set in Australia. Most of the action in Bored to Death takes place in various parts of Estonia, four months on from Teapot.  Apart from Dawson and Lucy, a couple of other major characters from the first book make a welcome (or unwelcome) reappearance but there are of course several new faces to add to the fun and mayhem. More news to follow but I am extremely excited about the book, which quite literally opens with a bang.

Meanwhile, sales of A Very Important Teapot continue to trickle out, and not just in the UK, which I still find extraordinary. If you are reading this and have not yet caught up with it, by all means purchase it from Mr Amazon if that rocks your boat, but I am more than happy to supply signed (or unsigned) copies direct if you contact me via this website or on stevesheps22@gmail.com. Whilst you can enjoy Bored to Death as a standalone story if you haven’t read Teapot, I’m sure you would agree that it’s better for all of us if you have.

As it is quite a while (sorry) since I updated this page, here’s a brief update. Nothing has happened. There you go. Covid and its accompanying lockdowns are to blame for the cancellation of all planned and unplanned events over the past year. The Oxford Indie Book Fair, at which I still have a stand booked, was postponed last April, then again in November and I’m 99% certain it won’t take place this April either. It may, all things being equal, finally see the light of day in November 2021. Whenever it happens, I’ll be there.

I was also expecting to give a talk at Carterton (Oxfordshire) Library last July. As soon as that is revived, I will spread the word. At least I’ll have more to talk about now than I had then. These are the sorts of things I was going to say – there will be more now:


To recap, A Very Important Teapot is a comedy thriller set largely in Australia, with a main protagonist, Dawson, who gets caught up in events way outside his comfort zone when he is offered an unspecified job by his best friend. All sorts of mayhem ensue, involving gangsters, diamonds, the espionage agencies of three different countries, the local police and folk music.

Available to purchase on Amazon and through any bookshop. To find out more look here.

As for me, I was born and brought up in Guildford in a house with a river at the bottom of the garden. This makes me sound quite posh, but it wasn’t a very big house, and it wasn’t a very big river. For the past twenty-something years, I’ve lived in an increasingly empty house in a not-quite-Cotswold village in West Oxfordshire with the latest in a series of tired, permanently hungry cats.