Today is the day that Cuckoo hits the world. It feels a little unreal, though, because I know that people have been able to buy the hardback from Amazon for over a week now – some have read it already – and the launch isn’t until tomorrow. So, after putting the rubbish out, I’m spending the day mulling over my reading for tomorrow and writing my usual 2000 words for novel #2. Shortly I will go for a walk to the bank to get some cash out and to find a small suitcase in the pound shop for LittleSon’s Paddington Bear outfit for school tomorrow. Is this what publication day is like for Ian McEwan? Is this how it hangs for Franzen?
Lots of lovely tweets coming through. Thanks tweeps!
Here are a few more of the lovely reviews for Cuckoo. I’ll gather them together into a reviews page soon. Plus, the big news is that Cuckoo is top of the Heat Magazine chart with a five star review. I remember making that a wild prediction once when Daughter and I flicked through a copy (OK, we were poring over it), while negotiations were going on with publishers. I never, ever, not in a million years, thought that one would come true…
“Cuckoo is a riveting and spooky story that keeps your eyes locked on the page, and leaves you feeling shaken and out of sorts.”
“(Cuckoo is a) compelling novel… Hauntingly believable..”
“I woke this morning with the thought of the book still fresh with me and a craving to read the book again in a week’s time to ensure I got everything. I look forward to reading more from this author in years to come.”
“a magnificent debut from Julia Crouch. Cuckoo, so aptly titled, is a stunning introduction to her work and I for one can’t wait to read her next novel.”
Plus, there are a couple of articles out there: On my musical inspiration on Crimetime, and a Chat with.. on High Heels and Book Deals. I’m being let out from time to time, too. Have a look at my Outings Page to find out where I’m popping up.
Finally, I spent a lovely Monday signing reams of hardbacks for Goldsboro Books, a wonderful bookstore tucked away in Cecil Court, just off Charing Cross Road, which is a magical alleyway full of antique, antiquarian and specialist booksellers. Goldsboro specialise in signed first edition hardbacks, and have just moved into a larger, lighter shop a few doors down. If you’re in London and you love books, do take a look.