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Hello and welcome.

This is an exciting time for me. Not only is Bad Books my first ever novel, but this is my first ever blog post.

It’s a cliche, but this really is the start of a journey.

You join me as I launch my career in the midst of the worst crisis to grip the UK, and indeed the world, since the Second World War. I am of course, talking about the global outbreak of COVID-19.

Bad Books has been a few years in development for me, and to be launching it in the middle of this very strange time feels slightly surreal.

Getting the book up together, setting up this site and working out some kind of marketing strategy for my first ever book often seemed like a daunting task – but it pales into insignificance when compared to the global effort against the Corona Virus unfolding before us.

Launching a book in this current climate has made me feel a little irrelevant as a writer. Merrily tapping away at my keyboard while others help save lives, deliver food and do their bit to keep the country going makes you feel a bit useless…Or is that the wrong attitude?

At a time when many of us are being asked to stay at home, some without even working from home, a book takes on new significance.

When we’ve nothing else to do, a novel is often the default mode of entertainment. There’s only so much television and web browsing you can do before you start to question what the point of your own existence is.

A book lets us go on fantastic adventures, makes us laugh or injects a bit of excitement to sitting on the sofa.

Suddenly, books seem more relevant than ever.

I don’t know about you, but I’m burning through my bookshelf like never before. If you have a reading list: now is the time to work your way through it.

Bad Books is just one novel. But if it helps make isolation a little bit more bearable for a few days for somebody, then the time it took to write it has been worth it.

I hope you will stay with me for future novels, because I have some weird and wacky plans for Frank!

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