But I despair not. As indicated by the picture above (which I’ve borrowed from a recent post by fellow-McVoice Pat Black), I’m bouncing back. Yes, that wee spider allegedly advised The Bruce, “If at first ye dinnae succeed, Big Man, gie it another go.” Well, that’s what I’m doing. I’m delighted to announce that my novel, The Island of Whispers, has been included in the Autumn Collection of said Book Prize.
When I started reading it I was scared it would be twee and anthropomorphic, but within a few pages I realised it was on a par with Watership Down and better by far than Duncton Wood (which I never finished).
Praise indeed. So you’d think maybe the book had a bit of a chance in the competition? I certainly did. But that was until I had a closer look at the Autumn Collection. There, sitting cheek by jowl with my wee book, is the latest thriller by none other than Frederick Forsyth, he of The Day of the Jackal fame. And Oor Fred just happens to be the current Patron of The People’s Book Prize. Mmmm, interesting.
Anyway, here’s where you can go to vote for the book and perhaps leave a wee comment while you’re at it: Vote for The Island of Whispers
If you haven’t read the book yet, you can go here on Amazon to download the Kindle edition and then decide whether you want to vote for it. To make it easier for you, the Kindle is FREE to download all weekend.