Tomorrow is publication day, that tiny window when an author looks up from their keyboard, nods in quiet acknowledgement to the fruit of their long labour, before getting on with the next book. You wish it well, hope that it's not bullied, hope you've bestowed upon it enough heft to take care of itself in an often cruel world.
The coming days/weeks will see the proliferation of that question authors despise, those three words that roughly translate as 'sum up the entire novel for me in a three-second sound bite that centres mostly on plot but also touches upon theme and character, none of which I'll really listen to': WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
So in a preemptive attempt to deflect some of these blows, here, in no particular order, are my current responses.
- About 320 pages
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- An hour's madness
- A paean to the peregrine and The Peregrine
- The legacy of war
- Violence and its contrails
- Read it and see