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May 2011 Archives

Back and off again


Well, I'm only back from a short holiday and heading out again!  So a quick hit.  My next trip is tomorrow to the Hay Festival for my event with the superb David Almond on Saturday at 5.30pm.  Hope to see some of you there!

And there've been some excellent articles and reviews on A Monster Calls, including one in the Irish Times magazine (with a photo of me that isn't what I choose to think I look like, but there you go, can't have everything), and reviews in the Times and the Sunday Times, where it was Children's Book of the Week.

There was also this interesting thing in Total Film.  Hmm....

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@Patrick_Ness), greetings to the new commenters, and I'm off again...

Full blog tour details and Hay


Okay, I really am travelling, starting any minute now, so this'll be the last update for a little over a week, but I made a mistake last week about the blog tour for A Monster Calls and wanted to get it all correct here.  It's eight blogs, each containing a successive extract from the opening of the book (so you can read several chapters!) and visit some great blogs on the way.

It kicked off on Undercover Reads, with the first extract on Mountains of Instead (which also has an interview with me), then Serendipity, Wondrous Reads, Empire of Books, the Crooked Shelf, back to Undercover Reads, then My Favourite Books, then on my Waterstones author page and finishing up on Booktrust.  Check 'em out!

And a reminder that I'm appearing at the Hay Festival with the excellent, excellent David Almond on 28 May at 5.30pm, so hope to see some of you there.

I also received my first copies of Monsters of Men in French yesterday.  It's called La Guerre du Bruit and looks great!  And now I'm off, more in a week or so!

Travelling and more reviews


Just back from a great week in the Midlands (where I spoke to schools in Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham and had a terrific public event in Dudley) and Ireland (where there was a really fun launch party and an event at Easons in Dublin).  I got bumped from Irish TV for a breaking story about security for upcoming visit by the Queen, but that's how live TV goes...

While I've been away, there have been some really fantastic reviews for A Monster Calls in The Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Independent, the Irish Times and Bookbag, plus some terrific blog reviews on Jess Hearts Books, Serendipity and Things Mean A Lot and a bunch of others that I hope you seek out.  Really nice stuff.

I'm travelling (again) this week, so no updates for a bit.  But I'm recording a piece for Arena on RTE1 in Ireland tomorrow, so listen out for that sometime soon.  Greetings to the new commenters including my Bulgarian translator (nifty!).  I'm sorry I can't answer all your questions but I do read them all.

BBC Scotland, podcasts, more


Frantic week!  Jim Kay (brilliant illustrator of A Monster Calls) and I look to be on Book Cafe on BBC Scotland today at 1315.  In the meantime, the podcast of Open Book with me chatting to Mariella Frostrup is online; I start about the 21.40 mark.

Touring this week, so don't forget my free events in Birmingham tomorrow night (10 May) and in Dublin on Thursday night (12 May) at Easons.  Details here.  Scroll down for even more...

Open Book on Radio 4 and touring


Another quick hit to say that I'm appearing on Open Book with Mariella Frostrup today on Radio 4 at 4pm (and on iPlayer for a week after) to talk about A Monster Calls. Tune in if you can.

I'm also touring this week with FREE public events in Birmingham and Dublin. Check here for details, and also it looks like I'm going to be on TV this week on Ireland AM this Thursday morning, so watch and see if I've managed to get up early enough to iron my shirt.

There's also a fantastic A Monster Calls blog tour going on, with an interview and further extracts from the book along some terrific books blogs.  It started at Mountains of Instead, moved on to Serendipity and Wondrous Reads.  Today it's at Empire of Books and finishes tomorrow at The Crooked Shelf.  Check 'em out.

Scroll down for even more news (and reviews), greetings to the brilliant new commenters, and yet more soon.

Very quick today to say that the first newspaper review of A Monster Calls is out in the Daily Mail, and it's a very good one, which is lovely.

And also that I've recorded a podcast for the Guardian, which you can listen to.  I read for about 5 minutes and then answer questions from readers (and am very rude about Martin Amis).  More soon...

Publication Day!


And it's here!  Publication day in the UK for A Monster Calls!  Hope you like it, can't wait to hear what you think.  Around the world, it'll be out in Australia and New Zealand on 1 July, and in America and Germany in September, so not long!

To celebrate publication, I'm doing quite a few things.  There's a blog tour that's started with an interview, extract and review on the Mountains of Instead site and will be continuing through some excellent others over the next couple days.  Do definitely check them out!

I'm recording some radio interviews, and I look to be on Open Book with Mariella Frostrup on Radio 4 on Sunday and both Jim Kay and I will be on Book Cafe on BBC Scotland on Monday, but I'll keep you posted on those.  I'm doing a couple of public events next week in Birmingham and Dublin, check here for free tickets.  And then the Hay Festival at the end of the month with David Almond.

And this is exciting, looks like I'm going to be live TV on Ireland AM next Thursday morning, so tune in!

Greetings to the new commenters, but mainly just to shout that it's publication day.  Phew!


It's publication week for A Monster Calls!  Yep, that's right, it's out in the UK on Thursday, so keep an eye out and let me know what you think.

In cool audiobook news, I'm heading into the studio in the morning to record the authors' note, but the rest of the book will be read by a proper actor, thank god.  Even cooler, it's Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films, who I think is just perfect for this.  And I get to meet him. Nifty.

Early reviews of A Monster Calls are starting to trickle in, and here's a really nice one from just this afternoon from Ultimate Teen Book Guide

Greetings to the new commenters, and sorry, but I can't find a link to the NewsTalk interview either.  Remember I've got FREE public appearances next week in Birmingham and Dublin, details here.  More (a lot) soon.