The good people at Libcom.org - ‘a resource for all people who wish to fight to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions’ - have just published a review of The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub:
‘A historical epic, a story about love, revolution and the university, with echoes of Luther Blissett’s Q and a lot of laughs, this is a great book which entertains, confuses and educates in equal measure.You should read it!’
I’m delighted that the Spanish edition of Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs, Paz, amor y cócteles molotov, comes out today. It’s published by Hoja de Lata, a thriving young independent press, which was started by Daniel Alvarez with the redundancy money he received after his job in the book industry fell victim to the recession. Since launching their list in April with a translation of Arraianos by the Nobel Prize proposed Galician author Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín, Hoja de Lata have enjoyed success with a new book every month. Other texts include Spanish translations of the letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart, and a Spanish version of Jean Malaquais’ Les Javanais, which won the Prix Renaudot in 1939. Paz, amor y cócteles molotov is translated by Raquel Duato García, and I hear it’s a brilliant version. I’m eager to read it, and I figure all I need is a decade or two of evening classes….
From now until the end of November, registered professional readers can get free digital access to the Deconstruction of Professor Thrub via NetGalley. To access Thrub, reviewers are invited to click here.
This Tuesday (8th October) I’m doing an event with my colleague Tyler Keevil at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Tyler and I will be discussing our new novels, The Drive and The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, both of which developed from Creative Writing PhDs. The event will be hosted by author and literary critic Martin Randall (who supervised me while Thrub developed as a PhD). In addition to readings and literary banter, rumour has it – and it’s a rumour I can neither confirm nor deny – that the event will also feature the first boxing match in the history of the world’s oldest literature festival… If you’re intrigued, join us at 6pm on Tuesday October 8th. The event is free and will be held in The University of Gloucestershire Tent at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Imperial Square, Cheltenham.
I’m off to Hull tomorrow to read at a Head in a Book event along with Barbican Press author Martin Goodman. Head In A Book is a cycle of literature events in Hull, which presents readings and interviews with an impressive role call of writers. The events are located in libraries around Hull with the intention of bringing literature into local communities, and increasing the use of local libraries. So I’m very happy to be involved, and I’m excited to be visiting Hull – where I’ve never previously been. For preparation, I’m reading lots of Larkin and trying to learn a bit about rugby league. If you happen to be in that part of the world, the event’s at Hull Central Library, on Thursday 19th September, at 7.30pm.
The audio version of Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs is now available via Audible.com. It’s narrated by the very talented Roger Clark, who brilliantly moves between accents and interjects great comedy with how he reads the dialogue – well worth a listen! You can buy it via this link, or listen to a sample here.