By Kate Bulpitt
Purple People is a jolly dystopia, telling the story of an outlandish scheme to curtail crime and anti-social behaviour - by dyeing offenders purple - and the news-loving lass who investigates it
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Reviews - AND VERY EXCITING NEWS!
Well, hello, everyone,
How are you? I hope you and yours have been bobbing along okay, despite these very strange times. What a few months it’s been. Just when you think the world can’t get any more topsy turvy... Though I'll just add that during lockdown I've discovered an unlikely enthusiasm for painting dog portraits - who knew!
In one piece of news - which may feel a little frivolous at the moment, but is hopefully a small, jolly thing to look forward to - Purple People has rolled, wiggling with anticipation, off the printing presses. And I gather that your copies are currently scooting into their parcels, getting ready to wing their way to you. You’re going to have the book in your hands any minute now! I’m SO excited! (also, since writing this, it seems that the e-book has landed - woo!).
Naturally I’m hoping you’re going to want to dive right in. From the reviews so far, I’m pretty sure I can guarantee that Purple People is an entertaining read, and unlike anything else - in a good way! And to tickle your literary fancy, here are what some super folk have already said (these quotes, I’m thrilled to say, will be gracing the cover):
“Purple People is JOYOUS. The concept is brilliant! It really made me laugh. I love the quickfire wit and bold characters. It's warm, witty, wildly imaginative and utterly original. A satirical delight!” - Emma Jane Unsworth
"Purple People is that rare thing, a warm-hearted satire. Witty and emotional, it has teeth AND a heart." - David Quantick
"Purple People is a rare thing, a genre busting tale that keeps you reading at a frantic clip. A novel of serious intent with a big, funny, generous heart. I loved it." - Kate Hamer
"Though based around a striking and original, speculative central premise, Purple People is no one-trick pony: this is also a novel about family, relationships and human contact. A healthy, happy, slap of satirical Dettol for these septic and scary days." - Jonathan Trigell
But that’s not all. Some kindly readers have perused advance copies, and said:
"I could not put Purple People down! I loved the mysterious premise (people turning purple), the plot and sub-plots were intricate and took so many twists. There were tons of (memorable) characters. Descriptions are yummy: houses, rooms, people's outfits, colors, food, music. Romances! Sibling rivalry! Wacky parents! Best: wordplay and wit. Lots of fun. Plenty of food for thought too. Almost prescient for these strange times." — JL
"Purple People is a delight to read. Full of heart, and exactly what we need in these difficult times. Best of all, it demonstrates how our own lives are enriched when we choose to embrace the shades of grey (or purple!) in other's lives." - DH
"I absolutely loved Purple People. I wanted to savour every clever sentence, but also whizz right to the end so I could find out what happened. I loved Eve. She was a great hero. In fact, I loved them all. It was so funny and honest and thought provoking. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it before, part mystery, comedy, satire, romance... I’m excited for you fellow pledgers to read it—you’re in for a jolly old time!" - ES
"It's a great book and I can't wait to see what other people make of it. I love your description 'jolly dystopia,' but it really works. It made me laugh out loud, and I think it's weirdly appropriate for the times" - JB
If you’d be up for partaking in some Purple People festive-ness, you could take a photo of you and your copy (or you know, the book with your dog, cat, or a bag of crisps - whatever you like), wherever you are in the world. I’d love to see where copies of the book have bobbed along to! And if you’d be happy to share, please copy me in on Twitter, where I’m @qwertykate, or tag me on Facebook if we’re pals there. I should add that an attempt to sign up to Instagram was a bust (apparently you need a smartphone to be able to post, and many of you know how I feel about owning one of those...).
Of course, when you’ve read it, I’d love (love!) to know what you think. And if you might be happy to write a review, that would be truly spectacular - on Amazon, or GoodReads, or wondrous new service, The Storygraph. Reviews make such a huge difference to a book’s chances, so if you have the time to say a few words about it, I’d be exceedingly grateful - thank you!
It’s been a long journey, this book finding it’s way onto your bookshelves. It’s wonkiness made it an unlikely tale for publishing folk to take a chance on - funny dystopias being a less sure bet than dark ones - and it’s been able to make its way into the world thanks to Unbound, and to YOU, for supporting it. Please know just how much I appreciate it... and be sure to check the book’s acknowledgements!
I’ll be back in touch closer to publication day...
P.S. A quick note to say if you aren’t already familiar with the exceptionally kind, quote-rustling authors mentioned above, please do check out their excellent books:
Emma Jane Unsworth’s award-winning marvels are Hungry, the Stars and Everything, Animals (made into a brilliant film starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, for which Emma also wrote the award-winning screenplay), and recently released bestseller Adults. A trio of funny, perceptive, glorious reads.
David Quantick will have already made you laugh thanks to his screenwriting genius, for The Thick of It and Veep, amongst other comedy wonders. His novels include The Mule, Go West (both published by Unbound), All My Colors, and forthcoming Night Train - published on July 7th, and already described as ‘equal parts Snowpiercer and 1984.’
Kate Hamer followed up her beguiling bestseller The Girl in the Red Coat (translated into 18 languages!) with The Doll Funeral and Crushed. Proper page turners, Kate’s books are all beautifully written, engrossing reads packed with twists and turns, and set in worlds where you can see everything, and feel the leaves crunching under your feet.
Jonathan Trigell’s four novels are a diverse bunch, all exquisitely written. Award-winning debut Boy A (made into a film starring Andrew Garfield and Peter Mullan) was followed by Cham (my personal favourite - pretty much every page had a line which made my head roll off), dystopian Genus and The Tongues of Men or Angels.