Did you catch that?
It’s true. Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite is out today. In all good online bookstores on your computer, so you don’t have to even get off your lazy backside! Momentum Books, being the kind of people they are, have compiled everything for you here. And only $2.99 people! And, yes, even at that discount price there is still much talk of children’s bodily functions (you know you want it). A hamster dies, too! Now, that never happened in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, did it?
Super-excited to reveal the lovely cover for Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite, out with the fabulous Momentum Books 7 March for only $2.99 (pre-orders here…). In the meantime, to keep you going, Die, Yummy Mummy, Die, is being offered for the special price of 99 cents! Hello! El cheapo bargainish reading about children’s poo!
Have just now finished writing a piece to be included in an anthology which will be released in time for Mother’s Day next year, the royalties going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I was extremely chuffed to be invited, because it’s a pretty stellar lineup who have already said yes to contributing.
I wrote about the death of Alexander the Hamster in Denmark, which is pretty much the final tale in the book form of Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite. Because nothing says Mother’s Day, or charity more than the demise of an innocent hamster and our family’s subsequent mad dash around the streets of Copenhagen looking for a replacement.
I can now officially (and very happily!) announce that my travel memoir Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite has been picked up by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital publisher) and will be released in early 2013, along with Die, Yummy Mummy, Die, a compilation of my Desperate Housewife columns from my time writing for the Courier-Mail.
This morning I realised this was it — our last full day in England.
We’ve spent the last fortnight driving around the bottom of England, saying a last farewell. Feelings have been mixed on this extended goodbye. We’re off to Spain next for a Mediterranean cruise and the husband has been watching the weather there every day and wondering why we’re still in England at all. There’s no denying it, the weather all over the UK right now is terrible. Currently colder than winter than Brisbane, with rain, rain, more rain and a side of rain. Naturally, the English carry on with what they believe they should be doing in summer — driving to Cornwall, eating ice-creams and swimming — because that’s what you do in summer, even when it’s 16 degrees (and there’ll be no chance for another year). Personally, I found something much more suitable at the B&B we stayed in… The Shack. If you booked in advance, you could indulge in a lovely three course dinner in a beautiful little stone building complete with a fireplace, all to yourself (which we stoked up, trust me). Gorgeous!
Anyway, after making our way through Dover, Hastings, Brighton and most of Cornwall, we now find ourselves in Bath, waving bye byes. And it’s the perfect place to do so, with a magical mix of Roman, Georgian and Victorian history (and bucks and hens parties and vomit, unfortunately, but you can’t have everything, can you?). Despite thunder and rain today, we managed to pack a lot in — the Roman Baths, the Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum, the Circus and the Royal Crescent.
I have to say the highlight, though, was Superdrug, where a shop assistant got incredibly excited in my presence. ‘Are you Australian?’ she asked, after hearing my accent. When I told her this was the case, she actually jumped up and down, clapped her hands and squealed, ‘Oh my God, I love Australians! Oh my God, you’re Australian, that’s so cool! I love Australians! Oh my God!’.
Seriously, I couldn’t have asked for a better send off. I’m considering paying her to follow us to Luton airport tomorrow to give us an even bigger, rock star-like goodbye with screams and fainting.
Well, that’s it from me, I guess. Until next time, England. Hopefully it won’t be too long between visits…
So, for the past year that I’ve been living in the UK, I’ve been very, very busy writing a huge, unwieldy, 120,000 word e-serial set in 1920s London. What’s it about? Well, the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement read:
Allison Rushby’s six episodes in an original e-serial, pitched as DOWNTON ABBEY for the New Adult market where triplets, estranged since birth, are suddenly brought together and forced to compete for their inheritance, to Dan Weiss at St. Martin’s, with Vicki Lame editing, for publication in 2012, by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency
What will happen will be that, starting in January 2013, one 20,000 word episode will be released every fortnight or so over a three month period (we’re still ironing out a few details, including how often the episodes will be released, and the title).
Anyway, while I’ve been writing, I’ve been so lucky to be able to jump onto the train and be in London in less than an hour to check on the fine details where research is concerned — it really has made a huge difference. On my last trip to London, I bought myself a little treat — a retro Mini tour of the sites mentioned in the e-serial. While on the tour, I took a few pics and videos…
Am so looking forward to January to see what everyone thinks!
I have some lovely news. I have been made a very nice offer by a very nice publisher that will see you all able to read Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite in proper travel memoir-style form in 2013. More details soon, but just wanted to
brag share. Now, it must be champagne time (sure it’s 2.19pm, but who cares?!).