Thursday, 12 August 2010


Can’t say I’m impressed by the hint of autumn in the air, especially after spending a fortnight in little more than swimming trunks. Not that I’d be without seasons; I would just like them to be more disparate.

I read this book almost entirely, and aptly, en route home through France. I love Faulks’ control: from the opening sentence you happily yield to his prose, safe in the knowledge a masterly hand is guiding you. Nothing is wasted, nothing spared. Of the French trilogy, Birdsong has to rank up there with any of the great novels, but this quieter story was no less of a joy.

Meanwhile, my collection has been proofed and is being typeset. Then it’s off to the printers ready for the local launch on September 21st. The book’s Facebook page is here and you can follow the build up to publication on Twitter.

Oh, and I need some help with something soon, an image, a scene I just can’t place.


Donna Hosie said...

I love Sebastian Faulks; this one will be winging its way to me very soon.

Rachel Fenton said...

Birdsong made me cringe! Thought the story was wonderful but wish someone had taken the pen away from Faulks and given it to Ondaatje. :( Still, I'm a glutton - I'll have a look at this.

Paul said...

Question: Is it better for you (and Salt) if I order your book directly from Salt, or is going through Amazon just as good? Or should I ask my local bookstore to order it for me?

TOM J VOWLER said...

I loved it, Donna - quiet, unassuming, beautiful.

Rachel, forgive me: who's Ondaatje? 'The English Patient'?

Great question, Paul. Salt get more if you order from the Book Depository, which I think is linked on the blog. Amazon take a HUGE cut, so direct from Salt is better, but there's not a lot in it. Hopefully your bookstore will have it too.