Four Chancellors and a Funeral

By Russell Jones

The sequel nobody wants. After a decade of the Tories, could it get any worse? Spoiler - it does.

Friday, 17 February 2023

I'm Three Chancellors in...

Hi everybody,

First things first: I want to thank all of you for your support for Four Chancellors and a Funeral. I am, as always, genuinely astonished that anybody would want to listen to me for free, let alone pay for it. My flabber has never been so gasted.

I’d love for you to see the book as fast as possible, but obviously I need to be careful with my sources, and check my facts diligently. This takes time, considerably longer than the more enjoyably task of thinking up new, macabre ways to describe the Tory Party’s Bez, Jacob Rees-Mogg (although I’m doing that too).

The first book, The Decade In Tory, was written as you read it – chapter 1 first, chapter 1000 last. This time I’ve been doing it slightly differently, focussing on things as they’re fresh in my mind. So the manuscript is currently a bit like Edam cheese – tasty, full of holes, and probably a bit over-priced. I'm filling in those holes right now, and the end is in sight.

I’m biased of course, but I think this book is funnier than the last one – I’m not exactly short of material – but will thankfully be thinner. My apologies to your creaking bookshelves. I’m going as fast as I can without risking mistakes or quality, and I plan to deliver the manuscript before June. And then it’s into editorial, legal, and all that brouhaha, which takes time but is absolutely essential. Thank you for your patience!

Before I sign off, two quick things.

First, as I understand it, The Decade In Tory will be available in paperback in September, and we hope to include an extract from Four Chancellors and a Funeral too. And a deal for an audiobook has been signed, but at the moment I don’t have any news on when it’ll be published.

Second – and this is unrelated to me – please tell friends about Unbound. It’s a wonderful way to support authors, ensuring the books get to market (which is rare) and that the authors are fairly compensated (which is practically extinct). This is how most books were funded once upon a time, and the only time Jane Austen’s name appeared in print during her lifetime was as a subscriber in the back of other authors’ works. If it’s good enough for her…

Once again, thank you all, and I hope you’re coping OK amidst all of <-- this -->



P.S. Jacob Rees-Mogg is a harrowing impersonator of the Child Catcher who makes your aura recoil on sight.

P.P.S. Jacob Rees-Mogg is a babadook attempting to blend in at a knitting circle.

P.P.P.S. Jacob Rees-Mogg is Skeletor's cousin who works in accounts.

P.P.P.P.S. Jacob Rees-Mogg is Marilyn Manson's mum.

I could go on all day.

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Ady Coles
 Ady Coles says:

Thank you for the update. As a one-time (long-ago) author, attempting to string more than two words together for my next outing, I appreciate the work that goes into it. Keep up the good work!

P.S. "Skeletor's cousin" - big LOLs (if the kids still say that)

posted 20th February 2023

Jeni Parsons
 Jeni Parsons says:

Thanks Russ - I miss your wit terribly now I’ve left the bird site and you appear to have lost your Mastodon password so I’m really looking forward to this new book and the pain that comes with the combination of laughter, howling and rage. Keep going!

posted 20th February 2023

Niels Aagaard Nielsen
 Niels Aagaard Nielsen says:

Hi Russ - thanks for the update. I loved The Decade In Tory despite the horrific things you revealed. As a Dane with British relatives it’s painful to witness what’s taking place. I’ve recommended your book to my friends, and I’ve done that wholeheartedly because of your thorough documentation of your sources. Congratulations on writing a bestseller based on facts. That’s novel - and brings hope for a better future for the British. Looking forward to your next book.

posted 20th February 2023

Kit Byatt
 Kit Byatt says:

I'm continually amazed at your ability to marshal so many enraging facts and self-parodying juxtapositions on the one hand, and your ability to use hilarious and colourful metaphors to temper the ire the facts generate!
Given the focus of the book, and judging by Decade in Tory, I can only begin to imagine the concentration necessary to screen all the references for accuracy, so take your time (but I'm sure if any slipped through and litigation happened, there would be a solid group of folk wanting to support you.
Best wishes from a fellow Cestrian!

posted 22nd February 2023

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