It’s been a pretty long layoff from the blog. As with the previous time I had to give an account of myself, I’m glad to say that my silence is largely to do with extreme busy-ness, rather than the alternative explanations (retired, dead). In short, I have been reading books and promoting a book (mine).
Reading: as I mentioned before, I am judging the Costa Book Award, which means I have around forty first novels to get through. So far I’ve read about four good ones, three average, two bad. I’m now reading a really excellent one. The results of all this study will eventually come out in about November or something. As you can imagine, it’s been quite an experience.
Now: my book. ‘The Knot’. We’re getting close to the time when I give away some copies of the book on this very blog, via some sort of contrived but loveable competition like with ‘Eleven’. If you’re happy just buying it in the shops – and I for one would be happy if you did that – it comes out in August.
Here’s a brief summary of events relating to this tome.
July 19 (TOMORROW/TODAY/IN THE PAST IF YOU’RE READING THIS FROM THE 20TH) – I’m at Bookslam in Notting Hill Gate. Readings; a bit of comedy; ‘literary club night’. Fun.
August 22 Edinburgh launch. Some sort of walking-around-having-adventures nonsense, as successfully and dangerously pulled off with ‘Eleven’ two years ago. It will be very fun. If you’re in Edinburgh at that time, please await further details.
September 19 (probably) London launch. A great big wedding-themed event. This will be similar to the Edinburgh one, but not so northerly. Please put this date in your diary now. It will be exceptional.
Good. I think you’ll like ‘The Knot’. It’s a sad one. But it’s had some very emphatic responses so far. Plus, I like it myself. And I wouldn’t normally say that. You know me.