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Yeah, with a superb pledge today a project jumps to 18%, and with another promised pledge in the background in London too Light of the White Bear on Kickstarter has technically reached 20%. So still alive and kicking! Thank you Darren, and look forward to working with you here.

To celebrate crossing that Grand sticking line and to thank Kelly too, a fan and young ecologist, for the very first pledge and a charming email, another talk to fans goes up tomorrow, a reading, a little dig at Tim over spirit and a talk about travel journalism too at Phoenix Ark Press.

Things seem just breaking through, so now’s the time and you can see and Back the Project by CLICKING HERE

Or pasting the URL https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1159695087/light-of-the-white-bear


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A Charming Letter, On Facebook

Dear Mr Clement-Davies,

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you! I 1st read Fire Bringer 10 or 11 years ago, at the time I must admit, being 14 I wasn’t a huge reader. I first picked up the book as we had one English lesson per week so we had half an hour reading. I can’t remember the exact reason why I picked up the book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Since that point, I have regularly been immersed in one book or another.

I recently found a copy of Fire Bringer in a 2nd hand shop and was delighted to have the chance to read it again, and once more I didn’t put it down until it was done!! It really is a fantastic book that has had the same effect on me as an adult as it did as a child.

Many thanks for your time in reading this.

Many kind regards,


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Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you! I have just read with delight your announcement to publish “Scream of the White Bear” next year. Let us know when we can order advance copies. – Barb

Dear B,

you too, but if I knew precisely what I was doing I would let you know! I am so angry about the last two years I am tempted to give it to fans free, but in the ironies of the human animal, people might think it was worth less. Apart from the fact that I would have to start begging down The Old Kent Road, and Polar Bears still wouldn’t have a chance against Russian oil giants, or conventional New York publishers! DCD

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David – Thank you for this link. It was wonderful and shows what could happen were one of your great books made into a movie. “The Sight” was the first book of yours that I read and have been your devoted fan ever since. I continue to hope “Scream of the White Bear” will somehow be printed in the very near future. Please never, ever give up! You have hundreds of thousands of fans behind you – I promise you! – B

Dear B,

I’m sitting in London, working on a little fable of a mouse who meets Michelangelo, and persuades him never to give up, exactly like that. I think about giving up daily, but with sweet emails like yours, you so help the fight. It shouldn’t be a fight, an author should just be writing, but there we are. Scream will take a little longer, I fear, but I am thinking of trying to bring it forward. That bit of fan art fires me everytime I see it, and so do readers! Somehow I need to bring those readers here.

All my best,

David Clement-Davies

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Secondly, out of the ultimate disrespect to authors that is unfolding everywhere, in today’s world of mass communication, and excessive competition.” makes no sense at all…

You’ve haven’t thought this through, have you? When Martin Amis, or Joe Bloggs for that matter, publishes his next book with you, you’re going to talk about “a writer was so badly disrespected in New York” in their book? Where’s the respect? Your press is a good idea, but you HAVE to take your problems out of it. HA

Dear H,

since that’s the third very forthright comment, I am genuinely touched by your concern. The first two books published are by me, so in answer to your question, no, I would not have that line in another author’s work, though I hope I hear from authors who have had similar battles, and may be able to help. I have thought things through a very great deal, including the paradox of a blog, where I feel I have a right to tell an extraordinary personal story, problematic or not, alongside a website for a little publisher. At least this is all real, and from the heart. The truth is things change too, as possibilities change, and I have not raised the money I need to conventionally publish great work (well, that’s for the reader to decide). So I am having to take an enormous risk, and try to get it out there, however I can. At least then good work will see the light of day, and some income may come, and frankly this has been a battle to recover my own self respect, out of that fiasco in New York. It’s very far from ideal, and it really is why it would be lovely if readers spread the word, as much as they can. Think of this as a cottage industry, the River Cottage of fighting publishers, as all publishers throw up their hands in horror too at the conundrum of digital publishing, but one day I may be able to inspire authors to lift up their manuscripts and walk. As for Martin Amis, I could not afford to buy his work…yet. Anyway, Amis may have touches of greatness, but he does go on about respecting the hegemonic power! Joe Blogg’s work I only want if it’s great, and he’s fun to be around. Perhaps you’d like to join in and be an editor!

All my best,

David Clement-Davies

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