Speaking of Love / 10 Signs a Book Has Been Written By Me

Just wanted to let you know that TOMORROW (i.e. Monday) is a special day for Angela Young for two reasons:

a) H—y B—-d-y!

b) The paperback release date for Speaking of Love has been brought forward, and can be bought tomorrow – this, you may recall, is the book which has a quotation from yours truly on the back cover. Very exciting, and I do encourage you to buy a copy, or twelve. Amazon still think that it’s not released until March, when I checked, but I’m sure you local independent bookshop would be happy to sell it to you, or order it for you.

The second thing today is a meme for which Margaret at Booksplease tagged me. Ten signs that would indicate a book had been written by me… well, I do harbour desires to be a novelist, and have ever since I gave up dreams of being a tea-lady. But how would you know it was my novel, just from an anonymous read?

1) not a drop of blood
2) no swear words
3) definitely no blasphemy
4) some quiet irony
5) female protagonist, with a middle-class English name. Think Laura or Rachel or Clarissa or… well, moving onto no.6, quite clearly:
6) influenced by Virginia Woolf in some (probably unfortunate) way
7) hidden quotations or references to favourite books/authors
8) about people and humanity, not Issues
9) none of the sentences will end with prepositions, and nobody will ever misuse the word “less”
10) probably quite short…

4 thoughts on “Speaking of Love / 10 Signs a Book Has Been Written By Me

  • February 11, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Congratulations again Simon and I look forward to reading your book.

  • February 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I shall queue for a signed copy when it comes out, Simon.

  • February 11, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Thank you, Simon, for your birthday wishes, and for your continuing championing of Speaking of Love. Amazon do seem to think you can only pre-order it still … but Beautiful Books will sort them out soon. But it is in various Waterstone’s in dump bins (such a pretty name!) with other contenders for the World Book Day prize.

    And there’s a wonderful book by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird which helped me more than I can say when I was struggling with Speaking of Love before it became Speaking of Love – if you see what I mean. I recommend it from the bottom of my heart for all writers of fiction. Bon chance!


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