So, look, my new novel ‘The Knot’ comes out in the last week of August.
It is a tragicomedy about a wedding photographer, set between the sixties and nineties. He has a complicated relationship with his family. Some serious stuff goes down. If you liked ‘Eleven’, you’ll like it, but in a different way. If you never read ‘Eleven’, you still have a pretty good chance of enjoying it. If you’ve never read any of my books, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start – it’s the best one so far. If you’ve never read any book at all, I probably wouldn’t start with this one; I’d have a crack at ‘Watership Down’ and work from there.
There are two crazy events planned to celebrate the emergence of ‘The Knot’, which is widely tipped to become the major landmark of Western literature to date.
The first will take place in Edinburgh on August 22, at 2pm (arrive 1.30ish). It’ll be in a beautiful church and will take the form of a mock-wedding, essentially, with readings, a photographer, people in hats/dresses and POSSIBLY A KILT FOR ME, but I must stress that this is subject to predicted attendance: if I put a kilt on and there are only six people there, it’ll be like when you dress as an oak tree for your own fancy-dress party but nobody else really goes for a costume.
This will be followed by a procession to Waterstone’s on Princes Street, where there will be signings of the book but, perhaps more importantly, canape-style food (what adults call ‘nibbles’) and drinks. The whole thing will be done by something like 4, allowing the nation to sit down and read the novel itself in one sitting before midnight.
If you’re in Edinburgh it would be lovely if you made it to this; if you’re anywhere else in the world you should probably get a train or plane ticket, or a boat, if you set off promptly after reading this blog.
If you are in London (Olympic city) though, and find yourself with a ghastly void in your life once the Games have left town, you might be tempted to come to the London launch, which looks almost certain to be on September 19. This might take a similar form (dicking about in a church) or it might not if the Edinburgh one results in sanctions from God. There’ll be more news on this – both the divine reaction to the Edinburgh launch, and its impact on London – as we get it. But it’s safe to say the London one will be in the evening, so perhaps you could make a tentative, but still fairly firm-looking, entry in the diary to that effect.
Tomorrow on this very blog, there will be an opportunity to win one of ten copies of this book, allowing you to read it and ruin it for everyone else by the time the launch actually comes round. Don’t miss this chance to spoil something for someone!
And do come to the launch(es) please. The Edinburgh one is a Facebook event. I don’t understand Facebook any more, but do sign up for it or ‘like it’ or whatever it is these days.