I wrote it last year. Started the long, and somewhat convoluted, process of editing, both as self-editor initially and then with my publisher’s editors, early this year. We now have a launch date for my latest novel. So, I suppose I’d better let you all know what it’s called, especially now this information was released in yesterday’s post on my writing group’s website. There’s a lovely profile of me on there (not written by me), which you can reach by clicking this word.
So, what’s the title?
Well, I think the accompanying picture here might be a bit of a giveaway. So, the astute among you (and, let’s face it, all my readers are astute, are they not?) will have concluded the new book is titled ‘An Excess Of…’ That ellipsis is an essential component of said title. The phrase comes from James Boswell in his ‘Life of Samuel Johnson’:
‘Why, Sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in nature.’
Whilst the novel does deal with general stupidity, it’s central theme involves the causes of climate change, most of which are the result of humanity’s excesses in so many different areas of activity. There are other themes, also involving excess, hence the ellipsis.
But it’s also a love story, featuring a couple you’ll love to share the experience with. And there are other characters you’ll enjoy, some you’ll loathe, but none you’ll be able to ignore.
Watch out here for further details, dates, and not a few teasers!