Callan is back!

Callan[-UncoveredMore great news from Mike Ripley and those great people at Ostara Publishing. Almost half a century after he first electrified British television screens in the “one-off” drama  A Magnum for Schneider, the enigmatic, ruthless and tragic hero David Callan (so memorably portrayed by Edward Woodward) is back in a new anthology, Callan Uncovered, published as an Ostara Original simultaneously as a hardback, trade paperback and eBook.

The 24 stories, written by Callan creator James Mitchell (1926-2002), appeared in the Sunday Express newspaper between 1973 and 1976 and have never been published in book form before. Along with the first Callan story written for the TV Times in 1967, they form the basis of Callan Uncovered, along with an original treatment for an episode of the TV series,  a previously unseen complete script that was never filmed, and an introduction by James Mitchell’s son Peter.

Ostara editor Mike Ripley spent the best part of a year tracking down the stories for the collection, with the help of the British Library and a network of die-hard Callan fans. The story of “uncovering Callan” has been posted on the Ostara website along with details of James Mitchell books now back in print as Top Notch Thrillers, at

A review of this book will be appearing here at Fedora very, very shortly.



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30 Responses to Callan is back!

  1. Colin says:

    I’ve no real experience of this series, though I’ve often meant to check it out. The book sounds interesting; I look forward to the review.

  2. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    Great news

  3. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    (hit the enter button before I could say:) I read the novels in my teens, but never saw these – looking forward to the book (and your review!)

  4. A new writer and series (for me) is always welcome, Sergio.

  5. Margot Kinberg says:

    Oh, this is terrific news, Sergio! Thanks for sharing.

  6. dfordoom says:

    Callan remains the greatest TV spy series of all time. I’ll have to keep a lookout for the book.

  7. Peter Mitchell says:

    Brilliant. Grateful thanks to you, Mike Ripley (you, too Rob Fairclough).

  8. Very interesting news – I loved that series as a young person….

  9. tracybham says:

    That is great news, Sergio. I want to try the novels too.

  10. rthepotter says:

    Interesting to hear about these. I never read the stories from the page, but I was totally hooked on the TV series and watch it occasionally still – the production values are showing their age, but the cynicism is undimmed and the lightbulb credits still perfect.

  11. Santosh Iyer says:

    Though you mentioned an ebook version , I couldn’t locate it anywhere in the internet. Only the hardback and paperback editions seem to be available, both costly.

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