We're delighted to say that your subscriber copy of The Wake is now steaming towards us from China.
Unfortunately the printer encountered some problems on the binding line - the perils of coptic stitch - so they are not now due to arrive in our warehouse until February 20th, which is later than we anticipated.
We're sorry for this delay, but rest assured the books will…
After months of making sure we got it right this is the final cover design for the book, with beautiful coptic stitching down the spine. Do let us know what you think of it.
We're hoping to get copies out to subscribers by early 2014 at the latest.
This is the book's glossary, which explains some of the more obscure vocabulary. I hope that you find it tantalising enough to want to read on!
A partial glossary
ABBODRICE – monastery
AC – oak
ALOR – alder
BLOTMONTH – November (lit. ‘blood month’, when livestock were killed for winter)
BLUD EARN – (lit. ‘blood eagle.’) Mythical Viking sacrifice in which the victim’s lungs were cut from…
This is the second appendix to the novel: the first, on the book's language, can be found below, in another post. This one explains the story's historical context, and lists the sources consulted in the process of researching it.
A note on history
The Norman invasion and occupation of England was probably the most catastrophic single event in this nation’s history. It brought slaughter, famine…
Below is the text of the appendix which will appear at the back of The Wake, explaining how - and why - I constucted the language (or should that be the dialect?) of the novel. It's an attempt, after the fact, to explain how this happened - a process which, as it went on, I wasn't always even quite aware of myself.
A note on language
What we now call ‘Old English’ was the language of the English…
The ‘Saxon’ edition of the Wake will be an exquisite piece of craft book-making. We will typeset the text and beautifully print it, using an appropriate antique font and bind using the technology available in 1066: hand-sewn paper sections, goatskin, wooden boards and jute cord. All supporters of this edition will have their names inscribed by hand in the front of the book.