Today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about The Project, my new book, which comes out in just a few weeks time.
I was living in Iowa City, USA in 2008 as part of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. A few months earlier there had been some devastating floods in Iowa City, and the cleanup was still on while I was there.
I had in the back of my mind an idea for a book that I wanted to write one day, called “The Most Boring Book in the World”. I thought that was a great title for a book. The book would be about a long lost, and very rare, book, that contained a terrible secret. But this long lost book was so boring that no-one would ever read it.
In Iowa I learned that the University Library had been in danger of flooding, and teams of volunteers had gone in and emptied the lower shelves in the basement of the library, where all their old, rare books were kept.
That’s how I got the idea. What if that long lost, boring book turned up when they were moving all the books from the basement!
And the rest of the story took off from there.
Walker Books are publishing “The Project” very soon. Look out for it.
Here’s the front cover: