The Continuity Girl

By Patrick Kincaid

A comic love story in which the discovery of a long-lost version of a cult movie sheds light on a 45-year-old love affair between a Hollywood filmmaker and a real-life Loch Ness monster hunter

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Honestly, it’s not the Booker Prize...

Last year the long list for The Guardian’s Not the Booker included three titles by authors in the Unbound stable, namely Ian Skewis’s A Murder of Crows, Natalie Fergie’s The Sewing Machine and Martine McDonagh’s Narcissism for Beginners. I was still at the editorial stage with my novel, and was in awe of what these three had achieved. Since I’d only finished reading one of them at the time—Martine’s wonderful exploration of childhood and perception—my Unbound vote went with the last title. 

This year, there are seven authors representing Unbound: Stevyn Colgan, Virginia Moffat, Zelda Rhiando, Julia Kite, Jamie Paradise, Robert Welbourn, and me...

There are a few days of voting left, so if you're quickish, you can register with The Guardian, choose two titles from different publishers, quote ‘VOTE’ in your comment, and review one of the books you mention. If you’ve read The Continuity Girl, and if it’s one of your books of the year (both big ifs, I know), then I will happily receive your vote. But you should vote anyway, if you can, because it's a people's vote. Sort of. It's taking back control. Kinda... 

You can do everything you need to here

The photo, by the way, was taken on Tuesday evening at Dores Beach, which is an important setting in The Continuity Girl. It's a beautiful spot at the north eastern end of Loch Ness. You can see the other places we took the book to on Instagram (@patrickkincaidauthor). I'll work up a blog when I can. I'm just back in the English Midlands, and missing the cool breezes of Inverness-shire... 

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