Tuesday, 23 June 2015
I got the latest figures back from Unbound today and there have been no new pledges for a month now so it looks like 103% is a final total. And a damned fine total it is too! I can never really thank you all enough for making this book possible. All I can do is try to justify your faith in me by producing the very best book that I can.
I'm perilously close to finishing the first draft; I set myself a deadline of the end of June to deliver the book to my editor, the splendid Mathew Clayton, himself a damnably fine writer and one of the organisers of the Brighton Literary Festival. I am completely on track to deliver on time. So hurrah for that!
The final chapter headings are:
Introduction: Cop sucker
1: Imperfect pitch
2: If life gives you zebras …
3: The wizard of Waltham Forest
4: The ape that moved a planet
5: Bring on the Shetland ponies
6: No one ever got sent on a linear thinking course
8: ‘If they go to Barry Manilow it’s excessive force’
9: Re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic
10: Tim Minchin hopes I won’t die
11: The phantom bus stops of Düsseldorf
12: The sensuous adventures of Kiki and Bouba
13: ‘A pig don’t get no heavier the more you weigh it’
Epilogue: To get to the other side
Bibliography and Sources
Intriguing, no? I'm planning to make a few extracts available in the next few weeks but ONLY to subscribers. It seems only fair as you've made the thing happen.
On a slightly different tack, the first proofs are back for Saving Bletchley Park, the Unbound book by Dr Sue Black that I've contributed a fairly large amount of material to. The subscribers' edition is out in the Autumn and Sue and I have already been signed up for our first literary festival appearance together.
Watch this space for more news!