Sunday, 7 August 2011

This week's word is: ROALD



That's Roald as in 'Dahl'. 'Why is he the subject of the blog?' you may ask. Well, no particular reason. He was one of the author's favourite writers and rumour has it he used to work in a shed with a tray across his lap. Are you getting the connection with the photograph now? This is the author working in his mother-in-law's summer house! He was sent to the bottom of the garden by Mrs Author when she went to her mum's to do some spring cleaning (erm, in the summer). You can just see a power supply cable running from the laptop across the WET grass back to the house!! Thankfully, he didn't explode while he was tapping away at the novel and I'm happy to report he's still on track with THE FIRE ASCENDING. This is a most unusual book because he's redrafting EVERYTHING he's written, ready for a big push to complete the story over the next six weeks. This doesn't mean you'll be able to read it at the end of September, sorry. Sadly, you'll have to wait until publication in April 2012. But it's shaping up nicely. And talking of favourite authors, we were clearing out an old wardrobe in our new house this week and found a copy of 'My Brother's Ghost' by Allan Ahlberg - the man who first persuaded the author to try his hand at children's books...

Unfortunately, this has to be a short post this week because we've been travelling a lot. However, any fans who are keen to hear the author speak (in the UK) might like to know that he's appearing at the Edinburgh Literary Festival on August 26th and he's also at the Bath Literary Festival on October 2nd. Bring your books along if you want them signed! Until next time. Happy reading. Hrrr!



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