My new mystery novel The Blue Handbag has just gone down to £5.99 on Amazon UK - or if you're not in the UK you can get it for £6.20 with free worldwide delivery from those jolly people The Book Depository. Again, it's not officially released yet, so shhhh! Leonard and his dog Pickles would very much like to meet you.
I'm interviewed with the rest of the Snowbooks crew on Strictly Writing today - everyone else's answers were much funnier.
Also I have a signed copy of John Tarrant's 'bring me the rhinoceros' now (very kindly sent to me by the man himself, as a swap for my small stones) and so I'd like to give my unsigned copy away to a good home.
It's about koans, which are a kind of Zen riddle, but it's pretty accesible and I don't think you'd have to know anything about Zen to enjoy it. It's very wise and I know I'll be returning to my copy again and agian. There's an extract below to whet your appetite. If you're in the UK just send me an email and I'll pick someone out of the hat at the end of the week. If you're in the US or elsewhere feel free to enter if you're happy to pay the postage, but then frankly you might as well buy yourself a shiny new copy of the book - sorry!
What makes a human life real and beautiful is available in every place. An insubstantial and alienated life - eating a hearty breakfast of a cardboard photo of corn flakes - is always on offer but its consolations are not consoling. In order to embrace a handmade life, you do have to be willing to deal with [...] awe and fear. But you have to deal with awe and fear anyway, and when you pay attention, a continual turning towards the genuine just happens.
I love that last bit. Pay attention, and a continual turning towards the genuine just happens. Here's to that, and here's to giving us the strength to turn towards all the messy and difficult bits too. John blogs at Zenosaurus.
I'm feeling grateful for this blog today, and to you, for reading. We're in this big old boat together, after all. Thank you.
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