Take your protein pills and put your helmet on… CALLING MAJOR TOM is out in e-book today.
It’s what they call a “soft launch”… the idea is that those of you inclined to read digitally might buy it, read it, think it’s the wasp’s nipples, and leave a glowing review on the website of your preferred provider, so that when the old-timers who insist on reading dead tree books come to peruse it in June they’ll see all these five-star reviews and simply have to buy it.
So. Here we are. Exactly one year to the day that I first began talking to Trapeze about a potential new book, it’s published. And what’s more, for a LIMITED PERIOD it’s only £2.99. Which is cheaper than a coffee if you buy coffee from overpriced outlets. And if you spill Calling Major Tom down the front of your trousers it won’t cause an embarrassing stain while you’re sitting in the office for the rest of the day. So it’s a win-win, really.
Where does a discerning reader such as yourself procure such a wonderful book? Why, from the usual retailers, of course.
Australia and New Zealand, and parts around that parish, don’t despair… you actually get the book in physical form BEFORE ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD at the end of this month. More details nearer the time.
What’s it about, anyway? Maybe should have mentioned this up top. Here’s the blurb:
A man who has given up on the world.
Forty-something Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.
A family who show him how to live.
But beneath his grumpy exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world… for good.
Which maybe doesn’t tell you a right lot. Basically, Thomas Major is a right grump who accidentally becomes the first man to go to Mars and while he’s on his way there he makes contact with a very dysfunctional Wigan family whose myriad problems give him a shot of redemption. It’s very good. But don’t take my word for it:
‘Sheer joy.’ Lucy Diamond
‘A much-needed antidote for these worrying times.’ Julie Cohen
‘An unashamedly feel-good story.’ Miranda Dickinson
‘A moving, funny, absorbing hot chocolate of a story.’ Daniela Sacerdoti
‘A book about loneliness, about bravery, about the walls we all put up to protect ourselves and about how it is never ever too late to try to change.’ Katie Marsh, author of MY EVERYTHING
‘Brilliant, funny, heartwarming and exactly what everyone needs right now. I loved it.’ Rachael Lucas, author of WILDFLOWER BAY
There’s also a bit of Bowie in it. For more information on that, you can read this I wrote for the Independent.
So, that’s it. For now. Commencing countdown. See you on the other side.