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Posted Oct 24 2013 12:00am

When I was opening my post-Kurdistan-post, I came across a tantalising bundle of pages:

Look! It’s the page proofs of ‘Surrounded by Water’!

My job now, basically, is to have a look through these pages and check that I like the look of them. I submitted the final edits a while ago, and then I looked at the copy-editor’s comments and changes and signed off on those, and as I write there are two proofreaders crawling through the undergrowth of punctuation and spelling. So my work here is pretty much done.

I am going to spend the next couple of days drinking tea and going through the pages and making sure that I am happy – or at least resisting the urge to rewrite the whole thing for the fun of it.

One thing makes me happy already: seeing this.

The cover makes me very happy, too, but I can’t show you that just yet.

(Publication date is 10 April 2014. Not long now….. relatively speaking.)

October 24, 2013
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