This is a superbly written book.� It is fast paced and very gripping.� Within the first few pages I was hooked and when I wasn’t reading it I found myself thinking about the characters and the storyline.� I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.�
I’m a fan of photos. I have that thing of my mothers that made her hoard plastic bags at the bottom of every wardrobe door. Stuffed with photos. Photos at the beach with ice cream and pigtails and my cousins and brother. Present piles at Xmas, through the years, cats. Dogs. Relatives. It’s a good flipping job things are digital these days, because I live in a tiny flat and I’ve got millions of the suckers.
Here’s a selection from the Norwich launch of Unthology 3 and Killing Daniel.
I surprised myself by not being falling-over twitchy nervous and being able to listen to the other wonderful readers – Sandra Jensen, who is just cool, right?, CD Rose (funny man destined for Russia a few hours after his reading!), Sharon Zink in her kitten shoes and The Ashley Stokes who is possibly a magician as he can do everything.
I’ll save the nerves for the Manchester launch. Nothing like having to swear in front of your parents eh?
Please come if you can, it’s destined to be a fun night. We’ll be drinking, reading and hopefully running out of books on 13 December, King’s Arms, Salford. Kicking off at 7.30pm.
We’re also celebrating (Northern-style) the launch of Unthology #3 and happy to announce that AJ Ashworth will be reading from her story ‘Monolith’. Debz Hobbs-Wyatt will also be reading from ‘A Theory of Circles’. Both beautiful and intriguing stories from Unthology 3. The latter was nominated for a Pushcart Prize! Reviews here –http://rumandreviews.com/2012/11/19/unthology-no-3/
There’s an event page here if you want to sign up!
Anyway, piccies. Courtesy of @TommyCollin
It was fun. Full stop.
You can order Killing Daniel and Unthology3 for £10 direct from Unthank – email firstname.lastname@example.org
A review of Killing Daniel by Max Dunbar @3am Magazine
This is a very dark and frightening novel, told in short chapters and brief sentences, that pass like the shivers of bad dreams. Protagonist Fleur is living in an abusive relationship in Manchester: she manages to escape her scumfuck boyfriend, only to fall into a series of nasty and inconclusive one-nighters with various men picked up in Oxford Road bars. (One memorable opening gambit: ‘Have you ever fucked in a meat freezer? My kid brother’s a butcher. I’ve the keys to his shop.’) She has a counterpart in her old Japanese penpal Chinatsu, locked in an arranged marriage to the sociopathic Yugi, a businessman who is terrified of intimacy with his wife and gets his real satisfaction from the sadomasochistic domination of prostitutes. The novel follows the expected convergence and parallels.
Given that it’s been such a long process, ‘out now’ feels like it’s been A Long Time Coming.
But yes, Killing Daniel is, in fact, OUT NOW.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a nice, shiny copy of the novel to the first person picked out of the hat (Tesco carrier bag) at midnight (well, 12.01). To enter, simply reblog this post or follow me on Twitter @sarahjanedobbs and RT this status:
Good luck! And thanks to everyone who has shared and supported us so far!
UPDATE: 6/11/12 (just)
Thanks to everyone who entered the @KillingDaniel competition. We had about 50 entries, excluding my mum. The winner was… dun dun DUN @great_tea.
The publishers have very kindly said that everyone who did enter is allowed the book at 23% off. I know this because I asked my brother how to calculate the figures and he’s a genius. Anyway, that’s good. Killing Daniel for a tenner, plus free postage.
To get it for this price, you need to buy direct from the publishers:
Simply email email@example.com with your order and mention that you entered the competition… I’ll back you up!
So, Killing Daniel is out on Monday. Bang! Fireworks and all that. The build-up is starting to get quite exciting with fortune cookies afoot at the Norwich launch which takes place on 9 November to kick off the Unlit Festival!
I’m escaping the country tonight for a weekend in Oslo. The excitement is all too much! No, it was booked ahead.
The day I get back the book will be properly pre-orderable. Although I know people who pre-ordered theirs ages ago have them already! I’ve actually signed one. That’s a weird feeling. As are the reviews. I thought it would be difficult to take, but there aren’t any (yet) they make me want to curl up, strain out my writerly ambitions, and become a police woman. Or something like that. You know, something sensible.
What it has made me do, and reaffirmed, is a drive to keep changing and improving. Writing evolves as you do, I reckon and any critiques fuel this desire in me. We had a visiting writer at Edge Hill recently, Joe Stretch (very funny) and he said that all novels are imperfect. I picked up on this perhaps because I hope it’s true but it also makes sense. There are many novels I’ve loved – Troll, Johanna Sinisalo, Electricity, Ray Robinson, Sleep with Me, Joanna Briscoe etc, but none were exactly, precisely as I would have wanted them. For me, this reader.
You can read a compilation of all the recent reviews about Killing Daniel here, and see what you think. Thanks to everyone who’s been kind and nice. Please leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads if you have the time – it helps! Honest!
More news soon about the Manchester launch, which will take place at the King’s Arms, just in time for Xmas. I’ll have to bring some mulled wine. 🙂