Saturday, August 18, 2012

Duncan Fallowell and Andrew Logan: Prize-winning memoir seeks a home!

Party pasodoble: Andrew Logan and Duncan Fallowell
Two of my favourite men - y'know, the two mentioned in the caption - were snapped in friendly embrace at the launch party for Duncan Fallowell's latest book, How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits. Andrew Logan is in 'praying mantis mode' (according to DF) while Duncan himself asks Arcatistes 'how I might tighten my neck - I'm doing well elsewhere but the neck needs a tighten.'

I deplore any kind of cosmetic intervention, except for the most gruesome accidents and war injuries. Failing that injunction, 90-year-old Jackie Stallone's recent attempt to claw back time must stand as my graphic advisory - click (best not to eat first) here. 

On other matters, Madame Arcati finds herself more than a little surprised to learn that How to Disappear is not due a second edition or re-issue, either by original publisher Ditto Press or anyone else. This despite the title winning Duncan the PEN/Ackerley Prize for Memoir 2012, the UK's only literary prize for autobiography/memoir genres - as heralded here.

As things stand, your best hope of acquiring a copy is to find £5,000 to snap up the one used copy at that price on Amazon. Actually, for £5,000 you could bankroll a 3000-hard copy reprint even before consideration of much cheaper e-publishing options for all those juicy Kindles. Penguin, where are you, poppets?

And don't forget, Andrew's 'Phenomenal Elizabeth Taylor Portrait' can still be yours for an amazing £22,250 (+ £500 postage) on eBay - details here.

Come to think of it, both book and portrait offer substantial returns on outlay. Surely there's a European Lottery winner out there with vision.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

How old is DF? That's the most important thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid you'd need a bit more than £5k to publish 3000 hardbacks, Mme Arcati. Were you thinking in guineas perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Logan's neck is in better shape than Fallowell's

SM said...

Duncan need only pull back the flesh behind his ears and clothes-peg the excess and hey presto, instant youth again. otherwise he looks entirely gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Fallowell's book is definitely a collector's item so perhaps Ditto Press is holding back a few copies for the next Sotheby's book sale

Anonymous said...

Surely this the very first time that a book winning an elite prize is unavailable? It proves the absolutely wretched state of British publishing which Mr Fallowell referred to in his speech

Every Booklover said...

This is a scandal! I can't buy the effing book!

Amazonian said...

What I find odd is that the copy priced at £5000 is 'used', which suggests that someone is prepared to part company with this work of art. I blame the fluoride in our drinking water.

Anonymous said...

People part company with virginity for less

Green Goddess said...

Want one. Book, not DF.

Anonymous said...

Some cunt on the Daily Mail has written a piece on 'turkey necks', the medical term for Mr F's condition.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1316299/One-stitch-facelift-Quick-fix-plastic-surgery-turkey-neck.html

Anonymous said...

Duncan should resort to sticking his hands under his jawline before being photographed. PhotoShop doesn't work on real life.