Aye so, been away on holiday in France for a while. The one thing I learnt is that Bruno Mars must be coining it in from French radio royalties. Aaaaanyway, there’s been a smattering of Smokeheads action while I was away, namely:
– Smokeheads got a great review all the way from Russia courtesy of Ray Garraty’s excellent blog Endless Falls Up. Cheers Ray!
– A newspaper review of Smokeheads appeared in the Mail on Sunday, courtesy of the inestimable John Williams. It’s short but beautiful and begins ‘Doug Johnstone is one of the most original Scottish novelists around’. Oof.
– I got to do some blah blah over on the Untitled Books website about what books I was taking on holiday. Helen FitzGerald and Cormac McCarthy, as it happens.
– A wee interview with me appeared on Napier University’s alumni website. Here it is in its entirety.
And that’s all for now. Expect a wee flurry of more Smokeheads bullshit soon, as the mass market paperback is coming out 4th August.
Oh, and I’ve also got a whole bunch of new live events coming up. Check out the events page, whydontcha.
A bientot, mes amis!
What did you think of Blood Meridian? I read it recently after hearing David Vann big it up at last year’s EIBF and also being a fan of The Road. After I finished it I spent ages online looking up other people’s opinions on it. For someone who writes such sparse prose, it’s a book rich in imagery and the ending is so ambiguous. I need to read it again I think, but I may need to build up the courage to do so.
Sorry, Catriona, your comment seems to have passed me by when you wrote it, I didn’t see it until now. I’m afraid I haven’t got round to reading Blood Meridian yet – crazy busy with work reading and writing, so don’t really have an opinion on it. I know McCarthy’s style has changed drastically from book to book, so no idea what to expect, really.
As it happens, I’m chairing David Vann’s event at the EIBF this year, next Tuesday morning. Looking forward to it.
Thanks for the comment, and all best with yr writing.