We have had to reprint after just one full week on sale which is wonderful given that a) it is hardback b) it is debut fiction c) none of the literary editors have bothered to review it and d) none of the high street retailers (with the exception of Borders) decided to promote it. Normally those four factors would have a negative impact on sales (well, all except for C which is increasingly making no difference to anything) but in the case of this remarkable book nothing seems to be able to stand in its way. The internet and blog buzz has been huge and word of mouth, that holy grail of the book world, is really starting to kick in.
The author, Caroline Smailes, was on BBC Radio Manchester this week doing her bit to plug the book to people in the north west who have ears. She has done so much to build an audience for her novel through blogging, networking and PR that I am giving her a standing ovation as I type.
So, with a reprint in the works now is obviously the time to rush out and pick up a first edition as they won't be around for long. I would recommend buying it from Borders as they have made the effort to promote it but, if you are feeling plush, you may want to order one of the few remaining limited editions direct from our office. It is signed and numbered and comes with a fancy certificate. Click on the button below to buy one.
The limited edition will set you back a cool £20 but that comes with free postage within the UK and will be hand-packed into a jiffy bag by the lovely Maddy.
But Adam isn't the only book with exciting things going on.
Our celebration of B movies, Anatomy Of Cinema, seems to have won over Jonathan Ross. After raving about it to Paul Merton on his show, and Paul subsequently taking the book home with him, he has continued to mention it and even gave copies away as prizes in a recent competition.
The authors were also commissioned by the Daily Express to write a piece about the glories of forgotten cinema, and a mighty fine article it was too.
And then there is Life Is A Cabaret. James Innes-Smith braved public transport to nip up to the midlands for BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Nottingham, both of which wanted to pick his brains about lost cabaret stars. With all the hoo-ha about Britian's Got Talent with Simon Cowell and his nervous opera singer, not to mention Trevor McDonald calling Bernard Manning a 'fat racist bastard', the time is perfect for this tale of the lost stars of light entertainment and a reassessment of all things variety.
And those who attended will never forget the first live appearance of LoopyLisa21F (well, Mr Biffo) at the official launch of Confessions Of A Chatroom Freak at Borders Charing Cross Road last week. TFP's very own James Lark bravely volunteered to act out the parts of the dirty old men on the other side of the chatroom conversations and very good it was too. We sold loads of the book as well which keeps me happy.
All that and we have even more great books about to hit shops in the next few weeks. More on those later.