The other day I had a text from my neighbor telling me she’d almost driven into a hedge because she’d heard my first novel being discussed on the radio. I would have driven into a hedge too, as I hadn’t had any warning that Lillian on Life was Harriett Gilbert’s pick for discussion with Mathew Baynton and Aasmah Mir on BBC4’s A Good Read. Listen to the whole show for discussions of Iain Banks’s The Crow Road and George Saunders’s Tenth of December as well. Jump to their thoughts on Lillian from 18m30s.
I really enjoyed thinking about Lauren Michelle Brock's questions in this interview we did via email. I thought she came at Lillian on Life from a very interesting direction. Then she made this neato jpeg too.
The paperback edition of Lillian on Life will be out in the UK on July 2nd, and the book has a whole new look, and new quotes from great writers too! Yowza!
It was a pleasure (and not just because of the midday wine!) to discuss Lillian, and life, and writing with the women of the American Women's Association writers group and the Thursday Book Club. Only some of us were from the US; Canada, France, Ecuador and China were also represented.
On January 30, one day after Lillian on Life came out in the UK, we had our launch event here in Singapore. Many thanks to the Alliance Française for hosting and making sure there was wine! Many thanks to Penguin Books for making sure there was food as well as books!
The opportunity to read from both the French and English versions to so many good friends and enthusiastic readers made the moment very special.
What a thrill and honor it was to learn that Kate Atkinson enjoyed reading Lillian on Life during the summer holidays. I've been a big fan since I read Started Early, Took My Dog. She's incredibly versatile, and never quite what I expect. Here's what she said:
"I absolutely loved Lillian on Life. It was a delight. The style of it so fresh and clever and subversive and there’s something very brave about it."
More exciting news from France as the publication date gets closer. My publisher, Autrement, has featured Lillian in their special rentrée littéraire catalogue.
I've just had the title for the French edition of Lillian on Life confirmed. It's going to be called La vie de Lillian, mode d'emploi which, roughly translated means The Life of Lillian, Operating Instructions. I think it captures the feel of the book perfectly.
Very happy to let you know that the French translation of Lillian on Life will be published in August 2014.