Last week my agent received an email from a reader in Bristol which came directly to the point: ‘Please would you ask your client Jonathan Coe to update his website? It seems untouched since January.’
Well, it’s a fair cop.
I will be honest and say that I don’t find blogs very easy to write – also, I would rather be sitting down to write my new novel - so I’ll make this one pretty functional and just bring readers up to speed with some things I’ve been involved with this year which may have gone under their radar.
An ebook of my short stories came out in June. It’s called Loggerheads and Other Stories and you can buy it from either Amazon or Penguin. It’s quite short (74 pages) but there are some previously unpublished items in here and people might be interested in one or two of the stories which forge connections between Expo 58 and The Rain Before It Falls.
In July at the Collisioni Festival in Barolo I finally went public with my music, in a short concert with four wonderful Italian musicians led by Massimo Giuntoli. We played an hour’s worth of my tunes as well as a couple of ‘Canterbury’ standards – Alan Gowen’s ‘Arriving Twice’ and Pip Pyle’s ‘Fitter Stoke Has a Bath’. You can see some photos from the rehearsals and performance at Massimo’s website here.
In September I made my first ever visit to LA to do an interview about Expo 58 with Michael Silverblatt for his famous NPR programme Bookworm. It was a great interview and you can listen to it here.
Last month shooting started in France on Michel Leclerc’s feature film adaptation of La Vie très privée de M. Sim. I’m thrilled that the great Jean Pierre Bacri is taking on the title role. I stopped over in Paris recently to have lunch with Michel who showed me some early rushes from the closing scenes of the film – they looked wonderful.
That’s about it, although I should also apologise for being absent from the messageboard recently. I’m deep into the writing of my eleventh novel – provisionally entitled Number Eleven, so no great challenge for my translators this time – and am trying to maintain focus on that. I don’t want to give up interacting with my readers altogether, though, so recently I did something I swore I would never do, and joined twitter. This was actually the result of a rather alcohol-fuelled lunch with my friend Philippe Auclair, who bet me that if I joined twitter I would have 5,000 followers in two days. (Four months later I have less than half that, but never mind.) Anyway, if you want to follow me I’m @jcoescrittore, and nowadays that’s probably the best way of getting a quick answer out of me about one of my books.