Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday 24/07/14

The special edition of Highlights of My Last Regret is now on sale. I'm sure you weren't holding your breath, but I'm sorry about the delay anyway.

There is a mass market edition coming out in October, which will be available on Amazon, book stores, etc, but for now you can buy this special edition directly from my publisher, Limehouse Books, only.

There are only 100 copies of the special edition. 

You know what, I might just keep one, so there are only 99 copies of it. In fact, we sold 30 copies on Kickstarter last year, so there are only 69 copies of it. You do what you think is right.

You can buy it here:

Highlights of My Last Regret

Regret is my second published novel. I am terrible at talking about my writing and trying to sell it to you. Do you want a vapid mirror selfie with no shirt on hinting that I can't write a text message, let alone two books, or a close up of my blond leg hair proving how non-Greek I am instead? 

People seemed to like Exit Through The Wound, the first novel. It got shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize, Attitude magazine picked it as their classic read last month, referring to it as "a nihilistic monument to self-absorption, first world problems and affluent ennui", and The Independent newspaper wrote a nice article and referred to me as "a bitterly funny satirist", which is more than I could have asked for in my lifetime from a national newspaper and I want it written on my gravestone, thanks.

Regret is in the same style, I won't lie to you. It's in the same style as the first book and this blog. I can't write anything else. 

It's not a direct sequel of Exit Through The Wound, but some of the same characters appear; it's a continuation of sorts.

The blurb on the back cover is this:

"Parke Hudson has all the trappings of extreme wealth: an alcoholic mother, an estranged father and Ryan, his beautiful but paranoid girlfriend who excels at tracking his every move.From L.A. pool parties to Coachella, Parke is faithful enough to confess his indiscretions, each time seeing how far he can push the boundaries of their relationship. It is only when he decides to spend his summer in San Francisco with his mother Sadie – who carries an altogether special affection for him – that Ryan finally decides to call it a day. Will this latest relationship status help Parke see the error of his ways?

Dark and uncompromising, Highlights of My Last Regret is a cutting satire of modern relationships from the acclaimed author of Exit Through The Wound. This special edition includes a diary written by the author."

Special Edition 

The special edition has a different cover (which I loathe, but it's OK, I like the mass market cover), but more importantly, the special edition includes a personal diary that I wrote to someone I was in love with a few years ago. 

It was written over one summer, during a break in a three-and-a-half-year relationship and it is basically one elaborate, humiliating love letter from one person to another, knowing that his love will never be returned. It contains a short story, an open letter, hand-drawn diagrams, yes, I just said hand-drawn diagrams, a mini comic strip, etc. It's really unpretentious, vulnerable and exposed, and I would feel like a complete idiot reading it back, were it not for the fact that behind all the cynical London Preppy stuff and general divorcement from any emotional involvement in everything else that I write, well, sometimes, love. What can you do?

So that's that.

Again, the links to buy this special edition are:

(PS. Apologies for the delay to everyone who bought this on Kickstarter last year. The books will be mailed out - including the individual Polaroid pictures - in the next few days. Thanks for your patience)

Monday, 7 July 2014

Monday 07/07/14

Attitude Magazine featured my first novel as their "classic read" (yes, I know) this month. And wrote this bit about it. This bit makes me really fucking happy. Feeling grateful, feeling like my life has some meaning outside wearing baseball caps and posting instagram pictures (but still not feeling ‪#‎blessed‬):
"A nihilistic monument to self-absorption, first world problems and affluent ennui, Exit Through The Wound is as elegant and sharply perceptive as its disenfranchised anti-hero. Despising his Greek origins, London-based Maine immerses himself in a cycle of work and play, punctuated by prolific self-medicating and a vague orbit around an undefined, sometimes-sexual relationship with a young American heiress and her male-model boyfriend. His voice is acerbic and artfully devoid of feeling, which is what makes his observations - of friends, family and colleagues, not to mention his own soporific stance with regard to any purpose - so compelling. When a colleague enthusing about an extreme YouTube video demands how often do you actually get to see someone die, his response is, "Every day, when I look in the mirror." Indulging in minor acts of misanthropy in the form of passive aggressive defiance to social mores, Maine makes for a surprisingly likable character. As his excessive amphetamine addiction leads to a progressive numbness disease, we get a neat metaphor for his increasing divorcement from any emotional involvement with the world. An obvious reference point is Christos Tsiolkas' Loaded, but this is a tasty slice of outsider fiction in its own right, and Morgan is deserving of a wide and appreciative readership"