Postie just delivered the first finished copy of Hops and Glory, hot from the printers. Boy, it's a good-looking object. Critics of my blogging style (Hi, Jeff) will be greatly amused by its 458-page girth. What can I say? It would have been more like 700 pages without the tender but firm hand of my publishers who, apart from getting my manuscript down to a sane length, have clothed it and brushed it up to make it look very fine indeed. Thanks, guys.
Four weeks today, it goes out into the world on its own.