Just how grim can it get up north? (Actually, it's quite nice.) One woman's not-so-lonely journey into the Northern heartlands.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
My children are unimpressed by the book cover for Wife in the North. Proof copies of the cover arrived through the post and the seven-year-old said: "That looks nothing like granny." I said "It's supposed to look like "a granny", not necessarily our granny." He said: "And that doesn't look like my John Deere boiler suit either". The five-year-old took it out of his brother's hands. He pointed at the windswept, child-festooned mother "and she's far more beautiful than you are." I said: "Thanks." The thing is - it is true. When my publisher initially sent over the illustration in an e-mail, she said: "You may not like the boots." I opened up the J-pegged file and looked at it carefully. I thought: "They have knocked 15 years off my age and have ignored the double chin and the cellulite-raddled thighs and I am almost a blonde." I wrote back: "Don't worry about it - the wellies are fine."
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Congratulations on the book & I like the cover!
Huge amounts of filthy lucre are on the way.
Nice to see your book has made it. I guess that means a trip to Waterstones in July. Can't wait.
You have inspired.
Putting my order in now...
I'm assuming those are generic Northumberland sheep, not your rats.
Actually I have not liked to ask what they are but the fields around are full of them.
Bet you wear more layers than that too. Well done for getting the book finished!
Congratulations! Love the cover too. Strange coincidence that today I was writing about how the piece in the Times (just over a year ago) about you was what galvanized me into finally getting on and writing about my own journey north. I was just thinking that your book must be due sometime soon and thought I'd pop in on you to catch up as I haven't been around for a long time.
Been meaning to thank you, too, for your suggestions and contributions at the beginning of our campaign to save our village school. At the end of October we finally heard that we'd won and - for now at least - the school remains open. Power to the people!
Have popped a comment on your previous blog too - full of resonances for me.
Well done - roll on July.
Brilliant cover. Can't wait to read the book.
Looks great! Well done! I was distraught about my cover as there's a silhouette of a chinless, toothless-looking Englishman RIGHT above my name! All I could think of was that everyone would think it was me, but apparently the thought never occured to anyone else! Vanity thy name is me.
I'm still in shock that you support the Labour Party. Poor deluded you! But many, many congratulations on the book.
hey well done you on the book - what is it about - this columns or a more sexy lol
making a note to buy it
Wonder if anyone is interested in some political ramblins guess not
Can't wait to buy the book - congrats!
Well done! Will look forward to reading it :)
Fantastic! I think the cover is great, can't wait till July to get my copy.
Wellington boots are a small price to pay!
I'm sure you can make demands, based on wellie colour, for your second book.
Had you considered moving to Latvia for a sequel ? - it would be called "Wife in the East".
I am considering my 'outfit' for the launch by the way and can't choose between my 'Carmen Miranda' and my 'Marilyn Monroe' - which would you advise noting I have put on 52 lbs since christmas...?
Will the signed copies of the book qualify for the WITN blog readers' discount, too?
what are you up to - its been ages since you posted this?
I hadn't realised that your blog was to be made into a book, presumably because I wasn't reading it a year ago when you mentioned it. But your writing is so good it doesn't surprise me. Congratulations.
I hope you sort out the moles. We have the same problem.
The cover is very nice, and I think it will sell books. Presumably, we'll get it over here too?
I can do cooking for the feasts I think?
That is a great cover, very funny, and lovely....
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