NEW BOOK – THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS – ALAN HOWARD (OUT NOW)

Thursday, 10 March 2011

On the question of marks.

Why, in the media, have simple ‘questions’ been replaced by ‘question marks’* hanging ominously over issues?

(Notes to question)
*These are like World War One blimps, whose observers relay all untoward news by hand-cranked telephone back to Colonel Mustard’s aide, Lucas, as he sips champagne twenty miles in the rear.**
**Though how one sips champagne in the rear is anyone’s guess.

Lucas – aide to Col. Mustard – does not drink alcohol – he’s the sporty type.

Could it be because, in its capital form, it resembles one –  Q answer?

And on that  note – ‘high B’ – off now!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Half-term signings

I visited Cambridge, borrowing my old friends Roger’s house for the week.
Signed at Waterstone’s branches: Bury St. Edmunds (Sat and Wed– market day), Peterborough, Bedford, Bishop Stortford, Cambridge and St Albans.
Sold 237 all told: 133 Curd the Lion and 104 (ratio 56/44).
Thank you East Anglia.
Last Sat. at Woking came within shouting distance of my pre-Christmas scores at 45 all told.

Gormenghast illustrated by Mervyn Peake. Plus new 4th part. 7th July

Best news of year: Gormenghast illustrated by Mervyn Peake out on 7th July! Next best: Titus Awakes, jumping out of bed on the same morning!
Vintage (Laura Hassan) are publishing both. Former in hard back; latter, paperback, on same day.
Hb to be £20.