Publishing Room

20 July 2010

Of course, I'm tempting fate massively by saying this about a book we've not yet published, but even so ... Room is, I think, one such book. I think it's amazing. (But then I would say that, wouldn't I?) Don't just take my word for it, though. 

Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry), for example, says, 'Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.' 

And Michael Cunningham (The Hours and Specimen Days) says, 'Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.'

Anita Shreve, meanwhile, says, 'I loved Room. Such incredible imagination and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before.'

Finally - last but not least - it's the turn of John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas):'Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack - and Ma, of course, but mainly Jack - moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important.' 

So - Room has its fans already, that much is clear. And I'm definitely one of them.

Sometimes you publish a book that just seems easy. You love it. Everyone in-house loves it. The people you give it to, or send it to, also love it, whether they're booksellers, authors you're asking for advance quotes, reviewers, or whatever.

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