It’s nice when one of my favorite authors likes my stuff too. Tony Black - who interviewed me for his book Hard Truths - named The Book of Man as one of his five favorites in the Scottish Daily Record. I’m in illustrious company; the other four are Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Peter Carey’s The True History of the Kelly Gang, George Douglas Brown’s The House With the Green Shutters and Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
The Glasgow author explores the underside of the city like no other. Poignant and of the time, it’s a classic in waiting. I only discovered Graham recently, and he’s already become a favorite author of mine. A true talent, currently residing in the U.S.
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Yesterday I watched Two in the Wave, a documentary released last year about the friendship, and later antagonism, between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. I enjoyed it, and agree with this review from The Village Voice.
Someone asked me, “What is your favorite of your books so far?”
A reader kindly let me me know that there’s an error with the pricing of the U.K. Kindle edition of The Book of Man. They’ve got it set at more than a hundred quid, when it should be 99 pence plus V.A.T. It should be fixed in a few hours.
The Book of Man is now on Kindle. For a limited period, it’ll be 99 cents in the U.S. and 99 pence (plus V.A.T.) in the U.K. Here are the details:
"Mesmerising" - Dennis Cooper
"Breathtaking" - Lynne Tillman
Two of my books are now available as e-books: How Do You Like Your Blue-Eyed Boy? and my first novel, published by Bloomsbury in 1989, Of Darkness and Light, which is more of a novella. I’m also in the process of making them available for Kindle.
The Book of Man, The Champion’s New Clothes and Before will soon follow.
So, inspired by Allan Guthrie’s interview, I’ve decided to make some of my back catalog available as e-books. I think the first will be The Champion’s New Clothes, which seems to be the most difficult of my early books to find. It came out in 1991 and got good reviews, but my editors had left Bloomsbury by the time it came out, so it was allowed to fend for itself, and never got reprinted.
I still have to figure out the details, but I think I’ll do it on Goodreads and on Amazon Kindle. I’ll follow it with The Book of Man. If there’s enough interest, I may also do a previously-unpublished twenty-thousand word novella I wrote in the mid-1990s called Scumbo.