Monday, June 24, 2019

Re-reading my book after 15 years

After my book "The London Silence" was published, I grew to hate the text. About 120 were sold but I decided it had to die. I wanted to change the ending to a one-page "Coda" and resolve the dramatic irony more satisfactorily. I told PG to remove it from sale. So it's out-of-print even p.o.d.

The London Silence, cover flat

I buried my stash of copies in a recycling bin. However, secondhand copies could still be bought on Amazon. Just recently, I thought, "I'll buy them all and bin them too" but it's not possible as some are priced at outrageous levels. However, a strange thing happened next.

For the first time in nearly 15 years, I started re-reading the text and it wasn't as bad as I expected. Maybe my standards have slipped but I don't think it's that. It's because here were things that without this text were completely lost to my mind. It's a museum of me.

I now have a collection of used books, some of which I signed and numbered in 2004. They found their way to charity shops and thence to World of Books and that's fine. One of them is actually pristine, from a bookshop I imagine, as a few did go to real bookshops in the US & UK.

I'm still not happy with the ending, general restrained flow or anyway a lack of plenitude, underwriting, typo "alter" for "altar". But then I've noticed numerous typos in famous bestselling books since then and love it when I spot them so, again, - relief.

I used to complain to my friend at the publisher (Pretend Genius) that the book should never have been published, but now I think I should say an overdue thank you to them and that, after all, it wasn't so bad. I'm even thinking about a new edition, or rehabilitating parts of it, only I'd like to finish other things I've started since then first.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Whitton Avenue

By the corner house there used to be
Shrubbery and a recumbent tree
Where small birds liked to play.
Now there's a block-paved yard,
A useless space for man or bird
But the landlord likes it that way.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Strawberries


We have a strawberry patch out the back in a raised bed and it produces this sort of harvest every two or three days at this time of year.

Update 14/6/2019: Furthermore

View of the raised bed

Where they hide