It’s been ages since my last posting, but that’s partly because I still hadn’t been given a release date for “Tulip Fever”. Thank God we seem to have one, at last – the end of August. This is apparently a good time as everyone will be fed up with all those summer blockbusters and franchises and will be longing for something arty and intelligent. Anyway, let’s hope it’s true – and that the date is at last set in stone. And that everybody’s back from their holidays by then. And that they like the film. And that there’s no heatwave that weekend. And that Mr Trump hasn’t blown us all up.
My other film and TV projects are stuttering and stumbling along. I’ve actually retreated from that world for a few months as I’m writing a novel, which is a huge relief. At last one’s in control, and living in a secret world. God knows if it will be any good but at least I’m enjoying it. As David Mamet said, when work is going well it’s more fun than fun.
Not that it always goes well, of course. God, no. Who said it was like banging your head against your computer until your forehead bleeds? But it’s been a long time since I’ve written a novel and I really thought I’d lost the plot. The weird thing is that such earth-shaking and indeed cataclysmic events have happened recently that it’s hard not to incorporate them into ones story. But I simply cannot bear to type Trump’s name, it poisons my work, it’s like letting a psycho into my children’s bedroom. I wonder if other novelists are feeling this?
More excitingly, my daughter Lottie Moggach’s novel “Kiss Me First” is being filmed by Netflix and Channel 4. There’s a big buzz around it already and it will be shown early next year, apparently it’ll reach 29 million people (Why not 30?).
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By the way, I’m appearing at the Stoke-by-Nayland ISBN Festival on 10 June. This is a new festival in Suffolk, so if you live round there visit their website here and see what’s on, they have several fabulous authors including the multi-talented Terence Blacker.
And if you’re around in London on 5 July I’m giving at talk as part of the Primrose Hill Lecture Series, at St Mary’s Church, Primrose Hill. 7pm. They have a good line-up too, for their other speakers, so visit their website here and have a look.