You can see in the events calendar that GLEAM is going to be published in paperback on March the 5th. This is exciting not only because paperbacks are delicious, but because it’s going to feature a couple of extras. One such extra is a selection of ‘Book Club Questions’ asked by the good people at Jo Fletcher Books, and answered by myself. These questions and answers expand upon some of the themes, ideas, and characterisation in the book, as well as providing a little insight into its origins.
However. A far more exciting addition – the one I really want to tell you about – is the map!
Primarily for the obvious reason that it’s beautiful. If you’ve read GLEAM, you’ll know that one of the main characters is called Bloody Nora. Nora is a Mapmaker, born into the life-long (and probably futile) responsibility of mapping Gleam. She draws as she explores, sketching and noting. Now the map above is a scrap from one of her notebooks (as rendered by the artist Beth Ward) as opposed to one of her actual capital ‘M’ Maps, and so it’s more a pictorial record of one of her escapades than anything. But it works as a guide for the reader, and it’s loaded with detail and atmosphere. Toads, mushrooms, snails, and spores. I love it, and I hope you do too. All being well the second book of the trilogy, IDLE HANDS, will include more of Beth’s fantastic illustrations.
I’m in the process of arranging a few events to celebrate the paperback edition of GLEAM – look out for more details in the near future.
And you can pre-order your paperback copy of GLEAM here.