The Story of John Nightly

By Tot Taylor

A novel about the rise and fall of a 70s musical prodigy

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

John Nightly: The Update


“So it’s a kind of … ‘mock-opera’ then?” someone said. 
Clever I thought. “I like that!”, I said, “can I use it in the book?”. “Use what you want”, they said. 

But as you are all aware, the extended tract that is The Story of John Nightly is already short on modesty. So I’m writing to all of you enthusiastic and generous supporters to answer your many enquiries about delivery (particularly) and to let you know that we now have a potential publishing date for spring 2017. Sounds a long way off, I know. But not when you’re still quite a long way off what we now term as ‘completion’ in all of its various meanings - as I am. 

Those of you who read the extract and viewed my film on on the UNBOUND site when you pledged (I discovered that around 40% didn’t - how trusting!), will know that the first sixty pages of the novel were written in a single two hour burst (more or less) as I had no intention of writing anything at all when I sat down very innocently one day and it all came pouring out. The final sixty pages has taken twelve months to squeeze from the ether. 

But it’s done now. So… thank you all so much for writing and waiting, for staying interested in the ongoing project that is John Nightly, for Pledging in the first place to make his story come alive and for asking questions in THE SHED behind UNBOUND TOWERS by the windy canal. 

Ask some more! We’re choosing the images and copy-editing and all sorts of other types of editing right now so that John Nightly’s meta-journey, his daring advance through the revolutionary upsurge of the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s runs as unsmoothly as possible. 

We’re almost there. It’s epic - I promise - (not just because it’s one thousand pages of sheer book). It  will  inspire and it  will  make you laugh  and  cry. 
And don’t worry… like all creative endeavours which exist in their own universe THIS BOOK IS MADE WITH LOVE. Yeah, you better believe it. A mock-opera? No doubt. 
Tot Taylor,  London: 22 September 2016

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