There's a fair amount to report in November, to make up for a fairly quiet October*.
First up, Care of Wooden Floors
is now on sale in the USA by Amazon Publishing/New Harvest, and throughout November it's just $3.99 on the Kindle
as part of the Kindle 100 promotion. However I do urge you to consider buying the hardback
, which is a beautiful object.
Here I am talking about the book from Amazon's own video
, against a variety of scenic Shoreditch backdrops.
Here I am at the Huffington Post
talking about the somewhat unusual business of being the first debut novelist published directly by Amazon. I was also interviewed by the New York Times
, and the book has had some really good reviews, including this rave from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
. Many more nice reviews on the Amazon page, if you should be so inclined.
Also I understand that Puulattian Kunnossapito
, the Finnish edition of COWF
published by the good folks at Moreeni
, is also out now. Or very soon. Physical copies of it exist, anyway, look:
Thanks to my Finnish translator, Seppo Raudaskoski, for that photo and for rendering the book into Finnish.
Talking (mostly in south London)
On Wednesday 7 November at 1pm
Lee Rourke and I will be taking part in Kit Caless's series Mapping the Metropolis
on Resonance FM
. We will be talking about canals, a subject dear to Lee's heart
. (If you haven't read Lee's book The Canal
, you really should - read John Self's review, linked above, if you're not sure.)
On Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm
I'll be interviewing the incomparable Jonathan Meades about his new book, Museum Without Walls
, at the wonderful Bookseller Crow
in Crystal Palace, south London. Here's a Facebook page for the event
, and here's an Eventbrite page
where you can reserve a ticket. The event is free, but likely to be very popular so it's worth RSVPing. Building Design
subscribers can read my review of Museum Without Walls here
. I gave it five stars - it's really, really good.
Lastly, but not leastly, on Tuesday 20 November at 7pm
I'll be taking part in a fantastic evening of short stories at the Review bookshop in Peckham
, part of the Peckham Literary Festival. It's a really great line-up: Benjamin Wood
, author of The Bellwether Revivals
, Nikesh Shukla
, author of Coconut Unlimited
, Jim Bob
, author of Storage Stories
and Driving Jarvis Ham
, and Sam Mead
, author of A Thing That Was Built to Be Torn Down
. And me. FREE.
I have six (six!) very short stories in issue 3 of Disegno magazine
(which has a sharp new website
). They each describe an "erotic" (or sensual, at least) reaction to a design object, and each is inspired by a true story told by the designer of each piece. It's an experiment in design fiction, but it's not Design Fiction
, capital D capital F, in the strictest sense. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, each taps into that emotional or sensual side of a piece - I'm a shade (50 shades?) uncomfortable with the e-word because I always hear it in the sexful tones of Zapp Brannigan
Also there are a couple of new Cabinet
pieces on the loose. First is a history of that maddening garment, the straitjacket, in Cabinet 46
, which is on stands now. Second is an introduction to the fascinating Phillips Hydraulic Computer
, a water-powered model of the British economy, in Cabinet
47, out shortly.
Some reviews are also now online: on Edwin Heathcote's charming book The Meaning of Home
in Building Design
(£, sorry) and on the Barbican's "Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style"
Also, here's an odd little piece
I wrote for NPR's "Three Books" strand.
I think that's everything ...
* Outwardly quiet - we had a baby, and it was the longest and busiest month I can remember, even though it involved very little writing work. All very worthwhile though.