I have some exciting news! And also a (very small, very simple) request.
Next Sunday, I’ll be in Edinburgh, reading from and talking about My Name is Monster at Edinburgh International Book Festival. And, as if this weren’t exciting enough, I’m also up for the festival’s First Book Award!
The Award is decided based on a popular vote, so what I’m asking is very simple: please vote for My Name is Monster to win the award!
It’s really straightforward – there’s an option to leave a short review, but you don’t have to. You just have to register your name & email address, and then click the big button marked ‘VOTE’. What could be simpler?
And if you’re still undecided, why not read the first page of My Name is Monster, to help you make up your mind:
Extract from My Name is Monster:
When the world is burning, it’s easy to forget about ice.
Easy for most people, that is. I knew nothing but freeze for over a year. I lived with the ice, on the ice, inside it – locked on the island as the rest of the world grew desperate with rage and disease. As the missiles fell and cities were blasted by a thousand-degree heat, I struggled to keep warm.
Frostbite and a chill so keen it cuts right through the heart: that’s the price of survival.
After everyone else was dead, I sat by a window for three days watching the glacier creak and break. When I took off my trousers, my skin flaked away and my legs itched. I scratched at the dead skin until I was pink and sore, then I got dressed again.
I thought about the scientists who had vanished into a crevasse twenty years earlier and were never found, how their little bodies would one day tumble out of the glacier’s mouth like babies being born, frozen solid and perfectly preserved in their brightly coloured thermals.
People used to think that ice is white, but it isn’t. There is all kinds of history inside it, waiting to be brought out.
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