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24 September 2009 @ 03:30 pm
Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical  
Hello, all!

Those nice people at Big Finish have just put up my new collection of short stories on their website, available for pre-order!

I am very excited about this. It's my first book since Tiny Deaths, which picked up the World Fantasy Award last year. And like it, it's a series of quirky stories - some of them funny, some of them a bit disturbing, and all of them focussed upon love and our attiudes towards it.

I see it as a bit of a self-help manual. What do you do when your wife leaves you, and presents you with your own heart in a Tupperware box? (And what happens when each morning the wretched thing starts to grow bones?) How can you cope when you lose your husband on a business trip to Europe, when the entire country of Luxembourg he's visiting just disappears overnight? How do you weigh your fiance's heart for love, to find out *exactly* what percentage of it belongs to you - what's the right way to behave when the ghost of your childhood cat keeps sitting on your bed whenever you try to find a new sexual partner - is it worth pursuing a relationship with a woman who has a physical allergy to your very own happiness?

Useful stuff. And there are stories too about the Devil's efforts at writing romantic fiction, the first love song in the world as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden, and how a husband allows his new job as a tree to come between him and the family he's providing for.

Eighteen tales of the weird and the uncanny. I'm honestly very proud of it.


There are three editions available for sale now. There's a standard hardback. There's a leatherbound limited edition. And there's an extra special limited edition, also leatherbound, which contains a story handwritten by me in letter form. There are fifty of them, and the story's over a thousand words, so that really hurt my wrists. The book was put up on the site yesterday, and over a quarter of the copies of that edition have already been sold, so you may want to order that one quickly if you want it. A paperback edition will follow some time later in 2010.

I'll give a proper update on stuff and be a bit more chatty soon - but thanks for reading such a blatant advertisement. I'll be no doubt talking more about book launches and readings all over the place as well pretty shortly - in as many countries as I can!

ljc: penguin mug of AWESOMEtaraljc on September 24th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
it's so pretty *makes grabby hands*
maidmmaidm on September 24th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I can't wait to check it out.
Melinda Danskymelindadansky on September 24th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
only coming through in waves: K-9 the secondelyssadc on September 24th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well done, Roberto! I do believe I'll be heading over to the BF page when I get home for a little spending spree...
thanatos_kalosthanatos_kalos on September 24th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hooray! It's ready for preorder! I know what my October budget's being spent on... :)
notdannotdan on September 24th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I shall be buying my copy when you visit Warwick :)

Probably just the standard version, sadly, but as long as the stories in the de luxe version aren't de luxe themselves...
a paleogeographic reconstructionprof_pangaea on September 24th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
gorgeous title. looking forward to reading it.
spastasmagoriaspastasmagoria on September 25th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Audry Taylor: Companions in the TARDIStalshannon on September 30th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
I shall throw you what they call a "book birthday" on Twitter when it comes out! So good to hear from you; can't wait until the next update!

(BTW, was pleased to see your comments in the extras for "The Romans," which David & I recently re-watched. I happen to agree with you that the dark humor in it was great.)
Rob Vincent: applauserob_t_firefly on February 10th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
wishuswishus on September 25th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
Hi Rob - didn't know you were on LJ!

LSFTSAC - heartily recommended. There's a reason this book is gathering statues... multiple reasons! Congratulations on the latest from the BFS!
Living for the Revelcatvalente on September 30th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't have your email to say: congratulations on the British Fantasy Award! Yaaaaay! (this is Cat form Melbourne. Not really from Melbourne, but we met there.)
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