Thursday, 6 September 2018
SOUPY TWISTS PUBLICATION DAY! As I live and close a sale!
Listen to me, lovelets, don't stop listening to me...
The year long extra wait is finally over, in good time for the 30th anniversary of the first series of "A BIT OF FRY & LAURIE", Stephen & Hugh's official joint biography SOUPY TWISTS is finally headed to shops all over the British Isles – and available all over the world, though we hope that UNBOUND USA will give it a proper release over in the American regions sooner rather than later.
Above is my totally author-made video (what do you mean you could tell it wasn't professional?) which I've had brewing away for over two years now – some of the shops featured don't even exist any more! I know it's a little ropy, but hopefully it will be received in the jolly spirit it was intended.
Anyway, I'm holding it now, as they say, and this is a beautiful chunk of tree. It brings to mind this passage from 'Paperweight', which has always stayed with me – this may be my 4th book, but this sentiment of Stephen's must remain paramount:
Your supporter copies will be with you very soon - Unbound have been moving warehouse so there's a slight delay in sending these out. For anyone who ordered a copy to be signed by me - the wait will be a little longer I'm afraid due to a rather busy schedule.
For those who haven't pledged, you can buy this gorgeous book in any decent shop – obviously Amazon already has plenty of money, but whether you get it from them or not, if you enjoy the book, PLEASE take the time to leave a nice review on there, as these things really, really matter to publishers and the like. Same goes for Goodreads, and indeed word of mouth. Show your love for Stephen and Hugh by supporting this official book, and if it does well enough, who knows whether that may be a trigger to bring the colleagues back together in full comedic reunion, even if for one night only...?
And for an extra consumer tip, let's turn to the colleagues themselves...
Stephen: Any particular advice on how to carry SOUPY TWISTS, when travelling abroad?
Hugh: Yes, I would say it's definitely worth getting a proper travelling SOUPY TWISTS bag.
Stephen: A travelling SOUPY TWISTS bag?
Hugh: Yes. You can buy one of these at most big High Street travelling SOUPY TWISTS bag shops.
Perfectly sofa factory. As they say in Strøm, Hifty bewn-hate, happy hip-wipe, weethle-fwisk prenty arse.
I look forward to baffling many of you in person on Wednesday, when I and my once-colleague Paul Gannon will be joined by Samantha Béart and Toby Longworth for the London launch, with an hour-long virtual ABOF&L show made up of entirely unperformed sketches, and a few beloved Hugh tunes to boot! And of course, cocktails galore...
I never expected an honour of this magnitude, even as the official biographer of Douglas Adams, Blackadder and ISIHAC. Not least due to Hugh's rightful embarrassment at this kind of thing, an official print Fry & Laurie celebration seemed beyond imaginings. But here it is. This is all thanks to Stephen's kind support, and Hugh's unexpected graciousness, and I will be eternally grateful to them both (any sign of those signatures, Hugh?).
Enjoy. Bathe in the verbiage. Wallow in the sophisticated silliness. Admire the trousers. And let the world know if you love it, as I do. If not, keep schtum, you pempslider.