Thursday
Oct072010

Blog No. 43

I forgot to mention that the programme I made for Radio 4 about John Lennon’s house-”The Lennon Visitors” was on this Thursday the 7th at 11.30 a.m.  You can always listen on i-player.

I have been so busy going all over the country doing readings that I haven’t had any time to think about anything else.  I must have done 2000 miles in the last week or so, I feel like I'm in that ABBA song “Supertrouper".  It all seems to be going well though, a lot of the arts centres and festivals have been sold out so if you’re planning to come to a show you better book soon.

I did manage to get home last night from Gloucester to watch Mad Men and I enjoyed the episode, particularly when I noticed that the 60s lamp on Don Draper’s desk is exactly the same as one I have.  Does that make it valuable?  In fact does that make me Don Draper?  I certainly look good in a hat.

Monday
Sep202010

Blog No. 42

I’ve just got back from my week’s teaching at the Arvon Foundation’s Lumb Bank.  Either side I did book signings at independent bookshops.  On Saturday the 11th as Evelyn said me and my mother did a joint event at News from Nowhere and this Saturday I did the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, London, we sold 115 books in all.  Now if I could only get to every bookshop in the country I’m sure I could get Stalin Ate My Homework into the top ten. I’ve taken to obsessively checking the Amazon top 1000 every ten minutes to see how the book is doing which is pretty stupid as its only changed every hour but I notice  there still aren’t any reviews yet, so maybe if any of you have an inclination you could do one.  
More importantly I’ve done an interview for Your Cat magazine about Wilf  M’Banga for the Celebrity Cat section.  I suppose he qualifies twice, once because he lives with me and secondly because he turned up in John Humphries garden as a stray.  I hope he’s not one of those cats who only wants to hang out with other celebrities, a sort of feline Kate Moss.  I wonder if when the article comes out he’ll get his own agent and PR, if he does I’m cutting down on his fishy treats.

 

"Here's Wilf's photo that will go with his interview in Your Cat"

Wednesday
Sep012010

Blog No.41

I have nearly finished the Stantas drawings.  As Dan says I am doing every one by hand and I have to say they do vary a bit which is I suppose is what you want in something that is handmade.  Some look  exactly like Stalin, a few look a bit like Frank Zappa or the owner of your local Turkish restaurant, I hope those of you who pre-ordered the book enjoy them.  I had to relearn a few of the skills I haven't used since art school.
My friend Mandy pointed out I forgot to put in the listings that on the 11 th of September I’ll be doing a signing at News From Nowhere, Liverpool’s wonderful independent political bookshop and as an extra incentive for those who have read the book or the extract in the Sunday Times, that “great comic creation” as Frank Cottrel Boyce called her-my mother Molly will also be there.

 

Wednesday
Aug182010

Blog No. 40

As well as the extract in the Sunday Times I've just had a look at the finished copy of Stalin Ate My Homework.  Which looks great.  So great I thought I'd run a special offer.  If you pre-order the book by the 27th of August and send some kind of proof to the email address that comes with this site I'll send you a signed drawing.  In the book I talk about how my parents were always remarkably keen to take me to see Santa in his grotto at Lewis’ department store, I suppose they felt that Santa was a lot like Stalin.  Their names were sort of similar and they were both, kindly-looking,  rotund gentlemen with facial hair and red uniforms and ther headquarters were located in the Northern snowy wastes and were based upon a system of slave labour.  So I thought I'd do a drawing of "Stanta"  a cross between Stalin and Santa for all you lucky pre-orderers. 

p.s.  Evelyn why are you in China and what is is it you're asking me about?

 

Blog 40a.

Well in response to your question Evelyn I would say that its generally accepted that the era of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) such as the T90, M2 Abrams or Challenger 2 is over and the North Koreans are going down a blind alley in building their own (apart from all the other blind alleys they are going down).  There is however an account in "Stalin Ate My Homework" (which you have very sensibly pre-ordered) of how I came to be obsessed with military hardware.

Tuesday
Aug172010

Blog No. 39

There will be a big extract from my memoir in the Sunday Times Magazine this Sunday the 22nd.  Apart from extracts from the book there are also family photos of me as a child which even I find perplexing as to how that sweet looking infant grew up into me .