NEWS AS OF SEPTEMBER 2013
My big news is that I have written a comic horror novella for Random House’s Hammer imprint – this is my first novel for about 15 years, and writing it did feel like coming home at last. It’s called Cat Out of Hell, and will be published next March (2014).
Also out next March is a revised (and very beautiful) edition of my National Portrait Gallery book, Tennyson and His Circle
My American publisher, Penguin, is issuing a bumper children’s book, using material from the three illustrated punctuation books already published. It’s to be called Eats More Shoots & Leaves (everyone acknowledges that the word “more” ruins the joke, but what can you do?) It would be marvellous if someone publishes this in the UK. I suppose I ought to tell someone about it.
Meanwhile I’ve been asked by Vintage to write the introduction to a new edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I have also written a little essay about love potions for a Glyndebourne touring programme.
As I write this, I am completing the script for an Inspector Steine Christmas special entitled At Home with the Hoaglands, which will be boradcast as an Afternoon Play in Christmas week.
I have also contributed to a book in aid of the Samaritans, which is to be called The Rex Factor (it’s about loving one’s dog).
Meanwhile, on the down side, there is not a peep from Hollywood concerning the movie adaptation of Get Her off the Pitch
. Since the subject matter concerns print journalism, the chances reduce every day that someone will make it. I should have smelled a rat anyway when they stipulated in the contract that I could attend a West Coast premiere of the film, but they would fly me coach.