What Happens When You Move & Don’t Update Publishers With Your New Address?

Well, you go and visit the lovely family members you were staying with after a few weeks of being in your own little new world and find they have had an avalanche of parcels for you, which you then have to lug all the way back to your new abode. Let me illustrate that for you…

Oh and…

I stopped doing ‘incoming posts’ but know some of you like them so see this is a random special return. (I’m not going to list all the books just some highlights, you can click on the pics for a bigger image I think.)

There was some delightful parcel opening once I had dragged several ‘bags for life’ (and really tested them to see if they live up to their name) brimming with parcels home, as some of the finds were wonderful. In general these were unsolicited copies, but I had asked for a few. Maura at Riot PR had sent some of the Waterstones 11, so I think I have almost all of those now, as I don’t have relationships with all of the publishers on the list. I have been very excited about them all but both ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ by Will Wiles and ‘The Lifeboat’ by Charlotte Rogan in particular, but didn’t think those two would be appearing via my postman, I was wrong as I had a copy from Little Brown, so I might give one away when the book comes out. ‘The Art of Fielding’ by Chad Harbach I asked for with the clause that I would try it but I might not finish it, I am being honest, and so I will at some point.

I am beyond excited about Peter Ackroyd’s biography on ‘Wilkie Collins’ and the new short story collection ‘Guilt’ by Ferdinand Von Schirach as I greatly admired ‘Crime’ when I read it last year. I think William Boyd’s new book, which Alice at Bloomsbury had signed for me as I couldn’t make the Bloomsbury Blogger event, ‘Waiting For Sunrise’ might be the next from these piles I read, though it is getting a lot of mentions on blogs, we will see. It could have some stiff competition from ‘Love From Nancy’ (which is more Nancy Mitford letters than I could dream of) as to who makes it from the TBR to the bedside table, we will see.

Pretty much all the other books came unsolicited as I mentioned but there are some titles there that I am intrigued by, I will have a proper sift over this weekend, and so am pleased arrived. I have yet to read Peter Carey, ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ just looks so looooong, but ‘Chemistry of Tears’ looks shorter and sounds very interesting so I will give this major Man Booker winner a whirl finally. I am also thrilled with two of the recovered (in a team up with the V&A) and soon to be reissued Vintage Classics which turned up, ‘The Sea, The Sea’ by Iris Murdoch and ‘The French Lieutenants Woman’ by  John Fowles. They are authors I have read one book by before and then I said I will return to and then haven’t. Both look very good, and I fancy some more chunksters this year, and I had no idea ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ was neo-Victorian until recently so I am definitely going to give that a whirl soon.

What books have you bought/been sent/been given lately? Which of these would you like to see me give a whirl on a whim? What are you reading now?


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43 responses to “What Happens When You Move & Don’t Update Publishers With Your New Address?

  1. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)

    I will be moving in about three months. And I am dreading it. Our Post Office takes so long to change the addresses and loses so many books. I am a reader but not a blogger. So I have decided to stop entering book contests as soon as I know my moving date but that breaks my heart since i know there are some that I will want to read so much. My son sent me a big box of books that he bought me (he lives in China). I had moved and the Post Office delivered it to the new occupant. I arranged to pick them up and she didn’t open the door when I was there. The apartment manager said that she threw them away!!! Grrrrrr

    Do you have any advice on this moving problem or your readers?


  2. Jasmine

    I bet your head is spinning trying to figure out which one to read first!!
    I think Wilkie Collins should be first, because I’m anxious to hear what it’s like! Do you know what the pub date is on that one?
    Happy Reading! It’s only 20 degrees where I’m at today, so I plan on enjoying a lazy day reading 🙂

    • I am quite lucky Jasmine as I have an agreement with publishers that I don’t have to read instantly or to deadline, other bloggers have different rules but this one works for me.

      The Wilkie biography is out in the first few weeks of March, I wan’t to say the 4th but I don’t have the press release to hand.

      20 degrees, thats a heatwave where I am lol.

  3. lizzysiddal

    Hooray! I love these posts, even if I’m ever so green about the gills re the Schirach …..

  4. Have you thought about using my address as the forwarding one? 😉

    You’ve got some great books there, Simon. Obvs: The Lifeboat, you know my thoughts on The Art of Fielding and Tom-All-Alone’s. I’ve just finished Waiting for Sunrise and it was enjoyable, didn’t blow me a way though. I would like to read more Boyd, now, though.

    I have a galley of the Peter Carey on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it. It’s already tipped for Booker nods. I’m very jealous that you have a copy of The Panopticon, too *puts on a scowling face*

    • Don’t scowl, its not becoming. Ha, I would love to forward these on… erm, no I wouldn’t, this is what years of blogging does. I am very grateful of course. The Panopticon is another one I am excited about, as indeed am I Shelter which I forgot to mention… thats been the quietest of the Waterstones 11 I think.

      • Yeah, I’ve picked up Shelter several times but have been put off each time by the negative reviews around. Amazon have just had it as their Editor’s Choice, so I really should just plough on with it!

      • I’m gonna give it a whirl soon. I was having a discussion about reviews with my uncle and how really you just have to try stuff yourself, there’s sometimes motives behind certain reviews.

  5. Carey is one of my favourites and ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ didn’t disappoint, though my favourite of his thus far is ‘Jack Maggs’ which might be worth a reread given its association with Dickens and all.

    Me, I’m reading a borrowed copy of ‘The Chateau’ by William Maxwell, as I required some relevant reading for this two week vacance with my 9 & 10 yr old here in the south of France where we are ‘housesitting’ a very old chateau; the book is taking me to the far North of France so far and we’ve not yet arrived at the chateau, but here in the South, we are definitely living the dream and neither are we fresh off the boat. Not sure whether I’ll be reviewing the fiction I read or the non-fiction I’m living!

    • Dickens and Carey, now that does intimidate me.

      I must, must, must read some William Maxwell at some point, I have heard so many wonderful things about his writing. House-sitting a chateau, how on earth did you get that gig! I need to be doing that sort of thing, how lovely!

  6. Kate G

    I just won a copy of a debut novel “Oxford Messed Up” and have 6 weeks to read and comment on it (it is being published here in the US I think next month). I am reading Rebecca thanks to your reply and recommendation on The Readers Goodreads page.

    My problem goes back to when you were culling your stacks as I need to do the same. Too many come in the house and not enough leave. I’m trying to figure out if I should just donate or sell them (although donating them is probably the way to go as I am too lazy to mail them if I sold them online). I guess what I need is encouragement to get moving and culling, and that I’ll feel better and freer when it is done. Thanks, Simon.

    • I have always been dubious about the selling of books that come in for book bloggers, even if they are unsolicited – I have never done it myself as I am not sure about the ethics. Giving them to a charity shop etc seems to me the best thing to do.

      I haven’t even heard of ‘Oxford Messed Up’. Hope you are loving Rebecca?

      • KateG

        Should have made myself clearer, no I would NEVER sell something I won or was given (those few I try to give away to friends or if I dislike donate to the church near me). This has to do with my terrible book buying addiction and trying to clear space. Am loving Rebecca so far, only 50 pages in, but wish I had more time to read right now.

      • Ahhh sorry, I misread that… Glad you are enjoying Rebecca!

  7. You will hardly believe this, but I have bought a novel !! I’m half-way through (started it this afternoon while flying back from Stuttgart) “Lady Oracle” by Margaret Atwood. Will post on MCS about it very soon.

  8. Are your arms twice the length from toting those lovely books back home? 🙂

  9. David

    Cor, how brilliant to get sent all that free stuff. Of those on your pile, I’ve read and highly recommend ‘The Art of Fielding’.
    I bought a copy of the William Boyd in the week and read the first chapter – it’s one I’ll come back to when I’m in the mood I think. My first encounter with Boyd was via “Any Human Heart” and I’m not entirely sure I like the thriller-ish route he’s been going down since.
    Peter Carey is an author whose books I always buy a) because he’s such a big name and therefore I assume they must have some merit and b) because I always like the sound of them and think I’ll enjoy them. But perversely I’ve only ever read one of them (“His Illegal Self”) and really didn’t rate it! But I’ve been hearing good things about the new one, so doubtless I’ll be buying that too.
    I am hugely jealous of your having a copy of the Johanna Skibsrud – I nearly ordered the Canadian edition last year until I saw there was a UK one on the way and decided to wait. I’m really looking forward to that – I thought “The Sentimentalists” had a lot of problems in terms of the writing (overly poetic, sentences that lost themselves, too obvious metaphors) but it is one that has really stuck in my head, and I’m intrigued to see how she handles the short story.
    “The Death of Bees” is an intriguing title and one I knew nothing about but will be keeping my eyes open for – sounds like it might be good.

  10. That’s a lot of books I had a Argentina noir novel and a French memoir drop through my door this week Simon ,all the best stu

  11. I notice you have a new Robbert Goddard, Fault Line, in one of those piles. That one is so new that, not only is not released yet, it is not even mentioned on the author’s own website. I wonder why the publishers sent you this one, since it is not really your usual sort of fayre? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Goddard fan. His books are very entertaining and full of twists, and those set in the past are historically well-informed.

    • I like a good thriller, I admit this isn’t quite my normal book, indeed I might loathe it but I could try it and love it – we don’t know if we like things or not until we’ve tried them do we and reading the same safe things all the time would be rather boring wouldn’t it?

  12. I would be dizzy with having to choose what to read first!

  13. Wow. I wish I got sent so many books. Then again, I have a massive pile to get through already!

  14. I’ve just started The Lifeboat and it’s got me instantly hooked. Predicting good things. Isn’t it the anniversary of the Titanic too, this year? Must prepare for a stack load of Titanic related literature.. and start practising my KING OF THE WORLD line.

    • The film is back out this year isn’t it? Ugh!!! I’m going to go into denial mode lol.

      I’m intrigued by The Lifeboat. I don’t like boats or books set on boats but I’ve been sworn I will like this one.

  15. There is a Peter Ackroyd biography of Wilkie Collins?!? Yay!

  16. Louise Trolle

    It’s always lovely with an addition to Mount TBR 🙂
    I alway order a bunch of books from Amazon when I get my pay check, this time I ordered:
    *John Hornor Jacobs: Southern Gods
    *The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: 1-Including the Novella ‘The Maracot Deep,’
    *Censoring an Iranian Love Story
    *The Greatcoat
    *”Faith” by Joanna Trollope
    And I just read a nice collection of short stories by Rayda Jacobs called “Postcards from South Africa” so I’ve ordered another book of hers, Eyes of the Sky.

  17. Louise Trolle

    Right, I knew that – just thought you were both on here?
    You never wrote the name of that Conan Doyle short story collection you talked about in the episode did you? I’ve been trying to find it.. 🙂

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