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Reading Ahead & Sharing Thoughts Early On…

Everything seems to be a little ahead with me at the moment. You see with me going in and out of hospital I have scheduled Savidge Reads a few weeks in advance so as when I go in, or if I suddenly have to go in, you have no idea that anything is out of the ordinary. This leaves me most confused when I then come back and discover that a book I read a week or three ago is now up as the latest title for discussion. Anyway I have somehow digressed as what I actually want to talk to you about is advance reading which I am currently doing rather a lot of and how I should deal with it here on the blog.

One of the delightful things about writing Savidge Reads is that from an unpaid passion of books has come the joy of getting some lovely books in advance, especially when they are books you are desperate to read. The slight draw back is that you don’t get to talk about them non stop when you are reading them, which is what I love to do, you have to wait. At present I have three books I am simply desperate to discuss with you and one I know I soon will be but they are not out for a few weeks in a couple of cases and a few months in others…

In fact thinking about it I have just realised that I am not sure if I will be able to tell you about two of them at all. ‘The Stranger’s Child’ is the latest Alan Hollinghurst and indeed is so fresh of the printing press it’s not in a proper bound copy as it’s not due for release until July. How have I got it? Well like ‘The Tenderloin’ by John Butler, which isn’t out itself till June, these are two of The Green Carnation Prize 2011 submissions. Delightfully it seems that the publicity departments of some of the good and great publishers, not all it has been noted, are really keen on The Green Carnation and Picador/Macmillan have sent these for starters.  I want to rabbit on about them already but whilst I am happy to share submissions and make the whole thing as clear as possible (did you see the lovely show on World Book Night where the whole judging scenario was shown on TV for the UK debut novelists of the now?) I am not sure how transparent it should be? Any suggestions?

Digressing again as the two other advance books I am eager to discuss with you are the latest wonderful Flavia De Luce mystery ‘A Red Herring Without Mustard’ by Alan Bradley and the lovely, lovely Natasha Solomons second novel ‘The Novel in the Viola’  both which come out in a few weeks. It’s tempting for me to just get over excited and tell you all about them yet at the same time it could come across as showing off rather than just being an overexcited book fiend. There is also the worry that if I bang on about them now you will forget them by the time they are out, or not have anything to say and despite my recent rubbish responding (I blame health) to comments I do love the discussions we have on here. This all causes a little dilemma or two with me and I thought I should ask your advice really. So…

Do I dish the delightful dirt on these books, and books like them going forward, before their release date or would you rather I scheduled them for around the time of release? And how much is too much transparency or over sharing regarding The Green Carnation Prize 2011? Is there anything specific you would like to know/hear about?

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