So it was with some trepidation that I entered Waterstone’s in Croydon today (yes, am back in the temperate zone). The till chap scanned my copy of Loops (the Domino/Faber muso periodical) and informed me that the Nick Cave novel, an extract of which is included therein, will be published next week.
“And my book’s published the week after that,” I said, and immediately worried whether I sounded too pushy.
“Oh right,” he said, “I hope we can get some signed copies.”
“Shouldn’t be a problem,” I said, took his business card, and strolled off. There’s the cultural landscape mapped out for you, I pondered: on one side, WH Smith and Dan Brown; on the other, Waterstone’s and Nick Cave and me. And, of course, Stan Bête.
I slipped the receipt into my wallet, and only then noticed at the bottom the half-price offer on the new Dan Brown.
PS: And here’s Expat@large with yet more evidence of Brown’s essential shiteness as a writer.