When I was about eleven, I spent some time working on my signature. It was during a particularly boring maths class (or it might have been physics, who knows? Not me, and I was there… I think) that I sat down and doodled my name into the fantastic stylish signature that would adorn the cover of platinum albums, or movie posters, or groupies’ boobs … something like that anyway. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t think they’re going to set the world alight when they’re eleven? Before spots and puberty kick in to make sure you know just how ridiculous a creature you really are.
So by the end of the lesson I had learned nothing about logarithmic functions (or transistors if it was physics), but was all set to meet my fans. When, or more likely if, I ever had any, I’d be able to whip out a pen and sign my name with the appropriate flourish for a rock/filmstar.
Of course no one wanted me to sign anything. So my fancy new signature got put in a cupboard and forgotten about. Oh, I’d drag it out every now and then when I was old enough to have a cheque book, but other than that it was dead weight.
It all changed when Cold Granite came out… Or, to be more precise, just before it came out, because in the run-up to publication I went on an all expenses paid trip to the HarperCollins Distribution Centre in sunny Bishopbriggs. Which is a canteen, a few offices, and a dirty big warehouse full of books.
They sat me down in a large-ish office with a pack of pens and a stack of books to sign. Three thousand of the buggers. Given that my previous record for signing things was about once every six weeks, this presented something of a challenge.
Master of historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell has chosen to recommend Stuart MacBride’s Cold Granite as his World Book Night recommendation! When we spoke to Bernard and asked him to tell us why he had chosen Stuart he said…
‘Stuart MacBride’s thrillers are written with genuine humour, a dark imagination and superb storytelling skills. It’s rare to find a book that can make you laugh aloud and shudder with horror,and which you cannot put down.’
And if that doesn’t encourage you to read it, then we don’t know what will!
To find out more about Bernard Cornwell and his book Harlequin which is being given away tonight as part of the World Book Night event, or to read an extract of Stuart MacBride’s Cold Granite please visit the World Book Night website here: http://www.worldbooknight.org/about-world-book-night/wbn-2012/the-books/harlequin
The hunt for a new crime writing talent is on! Fancy yourself as the next Stuart MacBride then keep reading.
HarperCollins have teamed up with crime drama channel Alibi, the infamous Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and TV Times to uncover the UK’s hidden crime writing talent.
The ‘Search for a New Crime Writer’ competition asks budding writers to submit a short crime fiction story via the Alibi website the competition opens on Monday 25th January 2010 and closes at midday on Sunday 16th May 2010.
Our very own Stuart MacBride, author of the bestsellers Blind Eye, Cold Granite and Flesh House has lent his support to the competition by providing entrants with the story’s opening line…
‘In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it’.
There will be one winner with two runners up who are in line to win some rather special prizes.