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ARCHIVE: TAKING LEAVE

PASS THE PARCEL UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS?

December 16th 2008

Interest from film companies continues to be shown in adapting the book into a screenplay from both the UK and the US. Hold your breath for news of a paperback issue.

 

TAKING LEAVE AND PATMOS MAY-JULY

July 1st 2008

FRANCESCA GOUGH (1956 -2008)

Fanny Gough was a wonderfully good friend who gave up a considerable amount of time to correct and redraft early proofs of the book. She was a trooper who wasn’t afraid of anything and died after a long illness in May. R.I.P.

Three book readings and signings for TAKING LEAVE took place over the last thee months on the island. Each reading and signing were great fun and triggered a thousand memories about writing the book on the island a few years ago. So I would like to thank Elene Likadopolos for providing such a grand setting at her house in Hora. To Wayne, George and Mikhalis at George’s Place for hosting such a great evening and being so generous in catering to such a good crowd and finally but not least to Caterina Sybil at the Art Café for the fab evening of 17th July. And of course to Nickos for his support in the past.

Alpha Beta is holding one or two copies for those still needing a copy.

Anyone interested in obtaining a signed copy of the hardback edition should send their details and e mail toFamousmanic@aol.com

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

TAKING LEAVE

Surprise news will be announced next month about Taking Leave and the publication of the paperback.

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

TAKING LEAVE

I am reliably informed that contenders for the paperback rights for TL have reached a gentlemanly agreement to cease fighting one another until September when all good publishers return from holiday. I suspect that this will drag on until the Frankfurt Book Fair.

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

TAKING LEAVE

Taking Leave continues to provoke interest around the world, with favourable reactions from as far afield as China, Thailand, Japan, the US, Canada and Mexico.

Whilst the fierce bidding war for TL’s paperback rights continues, the book can now be found in all major branches of the British public library.

Look out for interesting news of the film rights in the next summer posting.

A recent review in Music Week magazine commented:

‘The book is set in the London music business of the 70s and 80s and contains some thinly-veiled references to some of the biggest business names of the time. If you were around then and want to play guess who, or else are too young and want to know how things used to be done, this book is highly recommended.’

23rd January 07

Book Signings, thank you’s and films

A Book signing and reading of Taking Leave and You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression will be taking place this Friday 26th January from 7.00pm at Methvins Worthing Booksellers. Wine, women and song will all be in attendance. Contact Andrew or Jen at the store by email;worthing@samedaybooks.co.uk or phone 01903 206696 to reserve a ticket.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the first showing of the BBC Two documentary A Secret Life Of  A Manic Depressive: Stephen Fry is being repeated on 13th and 14th March.

There will be more details next week of a new Michael Joseph/ Penguin paperback edition of You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression/ The A-Z Guide To Good Mental Health. (But I already thought it was a paperback! barked Ecco.)

Thanks You’s

Thank you to Gary Crowley for his enthusiasm in the recent BBC TV news interview. Like wise to the Simon Mayo show for having me as a guest on the programme on 11th January. It was weird but fun to cross swords with Louise Doughty about Tim Lomax the anti hero of Taking Leave being loveable or not. Thanks also to Darren Borthwick for sending in a really interesting and insightful review of Taking Leave on the Radio Five website. One tiny respectful suggestion would be that it might make better sense when discussing a book of the month  on air is to have a film of the month or an album of the month alongside it rather than another book.

Three films to recommend are:

Babel, Apocalypto and The Queen.
Check out Leslie Phillips in Venus. Excellent.

20th January 07

Booking Signing

A Book signing and reading of Taking Leave and You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression will be taking place this Friday 26th January from 7.00pm at Methvins Worthing Booksellers. Wine, women and song will all be in attendance.. Contact Andrew or Jen at the store by email;worthing@samedaybooks.co.uk or phone 01903 206696 to reserve a ticket.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the first showing of the BBC Two documentary A Secret Life Of  A Manic Depressive: Stephen Fry is being repeated on 13th and 14th March.

There will be more details next week of a new Michael Joseph/ Penguin paperback edition of You Don’t Have To Be Famous To Have Manic Depression/ The A-Z Guide To Good Mental Health. (But I already thought it was a paperback! barked Ecco.)

Thank you to Gary Crowley for his enthusiasm in the recent BBC TV news interview. Like wise to the Simon Mayo show for having me as a guest on the programme on 11th January. It was weird but fun to cross swords with Louise Doughty about Tim Lomax the anti hero of Taking Leave being loveable or not. Thanks also to Darren Borthwick for sending in a really interesting and insightful review of Taking Leave on the Radio Five website. One tiny respectful suggestion would be that it might make better sense when discussing a book of the month  on air is to have a film of the month or an album of the month alongside it rather than another book.

Three films to recommend are: Babel, Apocalypto and The Queen.
Check out Leslie Phillips in Venus. Excellent.

4th January 07

BBC Radio 5 Book Award

It was announced today 4th January that my novel TAKING LEAVE, published by Timewell Press, has been voted Simon Mayo’s Book of the Month on Radio 5 for January.

I am over the moon to learn that Taking Leave has been awarded Simon Mayo’s Book of the Month on Radio 5. Its wonderful to discover that you don’t have to be famous to win this award nor be an expert on football! Kingsley Amis once said that  the effort in writing a novel could be divided as 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.  It feels as if I have just swum the English channel and been handed a warm towel and a huge steaming mug of tea on reaching the shore. I am really grateful to Simon Mayo and the rest of his crew and listeners for deciding on Taking Leave.

I have been invited to appear live on the show next Thursday 11th Jan on the Simon Mayo show at lunchtime to discuss the book. Nervous?

Also am about to do an interview for BBC TV London News with Gary Crowley regarding the award and my take on the book. This is being broadcast today 5th Jan at lunchtime and at6.20pm . Incase you miss it you can view here

A Link to BBC News and an interview about Taking Leave

Also ‘Taking Leave’ will be reviewed on Matthew Wright‘s Radio 2 show ‘The Weekender’  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/theweekender/THIS Friday evening between 10pm and midnight.

16th November 06

 

‘Taking Leave’ Published

Taking Leave is my first novel which was published at the end of November 30th. It is just becoming available in the main high street stores but is in good independent shops or you can buy it on Amazon from here.

The book is something I am very proud of. It took me a long time to write and get published and it’s simply great to hear that so many people have enjoyed reading it.

Check out the first chapter or look at the review page or what some people have said on Amazon.

The book is about leaving. It’s also about odd things like the music business, houses and people in London and New York.


Buy it now from Amazon

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