Wednesday, 11 October 2017
My apologies for the long (and uncharacteristic) silence, which I can now break having received the artwork I’ve been waiting for.
My idea for a cover was to parody the Bob Dylan album of a similar title, only instead of Bob and his then muse Suzie Rotolo strolling through the streets of Greenwich Village, it would be me (photoshopped presumably) pushing my bike through the same streets. I mentioned this idea to Unbound. Unbound shook its collective head before leading me gently from the room and commissioning the artist Neil Gower, whose work you not only see here, but also on the cover of every Bill Bryson book ever published, so I am in good company at last.
Those fine gentlemen, Stewart Lee and Alan Moore, agreed to read early drafts and provide cover quotes, which charmed and delighted me.
Unbound have chosen April the 5th as the publication date for the trade edition. All those who pledged towards the book will receive a copy around February, which is also the time I will be performing extracts from the book for those brave enough to have commissioned one.
I can’t begin to tell you how very pleased I am with the way things have gone. I am also very very grateful to you all. Really.