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
Saturday, 31 March 2018
World Tour 2018 (so far...)
Three weeks since the launch of The Continuity Girl, and it's already better travelled than its author. Here are a few of the places my debut novel has reached.
As this reader pointed out, the music was released a year before the one in which the novel is set. But you wouldn't stop listening to a Jeff Beck album after a year, would you?
From Loch Ness, to the banks of Canal de São Gonçalo, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Doubt there are any plesiosaurs in there, but I suspect it has rather more diversity than the peaty waters of a Scottish lake... Giant catfish? River dolphins?
You have to take my word on this one, but it was snapped in Nelson, on New Zealand's South Island.
And (wait for it, there's a few to get through) Southern California, USA:
This from a reader in La Verne, CA. And the next few are snapped by a different reader, based elsewhere in the Los Angeles conurbation:
a famous Southern Californian eatery,
Beverly Hills City Hall,
the one-time home of I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter on The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,
and a window of the office once occupied by Mr Diamond and his writing partner, and director of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Billy Wilder.
In fact, The Continuity Girl has spent so much time pounding the streets of LA, it really ought to wear a trench coat and fedora and call itself Philip Marlow.
Oh, and then there's this. If you look very closely at the plaque you can just make out the words 'Academy', 'I.A.L. Diamond' 'Screenplay' and 'The Apartment'. Billy Wilder's The Apartment was the big winner at the Oscars in 1961, and this is the statuette Mr Diamond took home for his contribution. It's one of my favourite films; often, it is my favourite film. My heart skipped a beat when I first saw this...
Please keep the pictures coming. I have reason to believe there are copies in Germany and Austria, in Texas, and that soon copies will turn up in Australia and Indonesia. I'm keen to put together an album of UK appearances, too. Let's see how far this tour will go...
Photographs courtesy of Ewan Lawrie, Jose Carlos Marques Volcato, Jacquie Walters, Tricia Coppack, and Paul Diamond.