Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ah the joy...

... of starting a book and knowing immediately you are going to love it. Which is to say I just started High John the Conqueror by Jim Younger this morning. It's drawn me in immediately with its vision of a strangely skewed alternative London and, above all, its wonderful, vibrant language. It's a special kind of happiness to feel yourself embarking on a book like this. I'm sure it's going to be a big hit. Well, it will be if there's any justice in the world.

I know Jim from a couple of writing sites I go to, writewords and zoetrope, and I've actually met him in person, as he came along to the Macmillan New Writing launch at Goldsboro Books. He's a lovely bloke and, from what I've read so far, a great writer.

I wonder what Jim's reading at the moment? Perhaps it's this book?


kathryn said...

Yes, can't wait to get into this one. And I must say - I just adore the cover design. Brilliant!

roger said...

The cover is tremendous.