While I have been recovering from the various ills that can assail the Not So Young, my new novel has, of course, been being prepared for publication. Above is the brilliant cover designed by Ana Grigoriu – which in itself has not been without controversy. Some people don’t like the old hands on the piano keyboard, but I feel it gives a good flavour of the book. The old lady may be bloody-minded, but she is also gentle and kind and loving – and music is a major theme in this novel.
The story is not only about her, though, as the quotation from the wonderful Jacob Ross on the back cover points out. This is a family story – and has been called a Modern Comedy of Manners. Three generations are involved in a series of conflicts and crises, with a fairly disastrous outcome.
Publication date is 3rd October, and Blackwell’s of Oxford is hosting its launch on Monday 10th October at 7 pm. As their events site says:
This event is free to attend. Please register for a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; coming in to the customer services desk in the Norrington Room, or by telephoning 01865 333623.