And not just for fun – Nicola Coughlan agreed to voice the unabridged audiobook of Big Girl, Small Town! The news was announced by the Bookseller today. I have to say, my family – who weren’t terribly moved by the idea of me being published – are suddenly interested in my book. And proud! And if that wasn’t enough for one day, Nicola herself tweeted that she ‘loved’ my writing…!
I’m thrilled to announced Big Girl, Small Town will be published by Algonquin Books in Winter 2020. I’ll be working with the marvellous Betsy Gleick to create a US edition, with a fab new cover and a glossary explaining the obscure Norn Ironisms used in the book. Can’t wait!
After a 9 day stay in hospital due to pneumonia and sepsis, I made it to London for the John Murray Press Fiction 2020 preview event. It was a delicious breakfast in the lush Greenhouse in EC1. I was thrilled to meet Sally Magnusson, Jean Kwok and Shahnaz Ahsan at the event – I highly recommend grabbing a copy of their novels if you can.
I’ll keep it short and sweet: the Irish Novel Fair changed my life. Not everyone can afford the entry fee. I’d like to sponsor 2 entries for this year’s fair. If the fee is a barrier to your entry, please DM on Twitter or get me via my contact page here. Recipients will be chosen at random.