My very frivolous novel Tandem has dealt a knockout blow to William Wordsworth’s highly serious poetic output.
The shop at Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth, the poet’s National Trust-owned birthplace, and my workplace, reports that Tandem is number five in its list of top-selling items for this year.
That makes it the best-selling book, after the house’s guidebook, and puts it ahead of Wordsworth’s Selected Poems and The Golden Store, an illustrated anthology of his work, which are the next most popular titles.*
Maybe William Wordsworth should have written more poems about penguins and bicycles?
My second piece of news is that I’m up to 75,000 words on my new novel Pressmennan. The main character, Grace, has just had a disturbing encounter on the 16th floor of a Glasgow tower block – and I now have just four more chapters to write.
Finally, this blog is entered in two categories in the UK Blog Awards, where my other blog – Fletch the Perchcrow – was shortlisted in the Most Innovative Category last year.
* The other items in the top five were a garden plant of some kind, a picnic rug and a Wordsworth tea towel!