Hi Russell and everybody else, sorry I have been away for so long, I couldn’t think of anything to write to be honest. The book reading tour even though it was only about 20 plus dates in four months sort of came to dominate everything, whenever I wasn’t driving somewhere I was mostly sitting in a chair quietly humming to myself. I did enjoy doing the readings and meeting all the audiences, though I’ve put on about five kilos. Me and Linda resolved to eat healthily yet after the very first date we found ourselves in the chip shop following the show.
On the writing front I’ve finished a second draft of “Thatcher Stole My Trousers” and my editor’s looking at it right now. Once I get her notes I’ll need to spend a couple of months polishing a third draft then it will be published next year. When that happens I’ll be thrown into a maelstrom of publicity.
The only live event I have at the moment this year is “Talking Comedy” 12.00. Assembly Rooms. Edinburgh 20th Aug. which is an interview type thing with Prof Olly Double of the University of Comedy in Kent.
Sometimes there's two men who sit parked outside my house or over the road all day in a Range Rover. Sometimes they have the engine running sometimes not. Occasionally one goes and gets coffee for them both from the Costa on the corner. I wonder what they are doing. Sometimes I think that possibly there is literally no reason why they are there at all.
Funnily enough we had a meeting about Thatcher Stole My Trousers today. I've moved publishers to Bloomsbury (which is even nearer my house than Hodders) and they have great plans for next year. The period the book covers is from 1971 and me coming down to London and ends in 1985 round about the end of the Miners Strike so includes the the Comedy Store and the two series of the Young Ones. I think publication will be April next year but I'd like to get the final draft done by the end of August.