The Pram in the Hall

We’re pregnant! Lou, a.k.a. the Missus, is expecting delivery of a human manuscript sometime in June. I am, of course, delighted and terrified at the prospect of fatherhood, but having owned cats since I was in my early twenties, I’m sure coping with a baby will be a doddle. Currently we’re toying with the names Gladys and Digbert for it. And if it turns out to be a girl…

Otherwise, I continue work on my own brainchild, Worldstorm. Although which reaches completion sooner, it or Lovegrove Junior, remains to be seen.

A quick toot of my own trumpet: two of my recent reading recommendations have done rather well for themselves. Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi won the Booker, and Juan Carlos Somoza’s The Athenian Murders got the Crime Writers Association’s top gong, the Golden Dagger Award. Can I pick ’em or what?

Any publishers who have a book they want to promote, and who are interested in taking advantage of the effect, should send me a copy of the tome and, more importantly, a hefty bribe. In return, I’ll mention it here and it’ll then go on to win a major prize. (No guarantees, no refunds.)

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