"You can't help being tickled" – The Guardian
For a short time, I'm giving away six extra chapters of Perpetual Astonishment. Just let me know where to send them.
Hello and welcome
Thank you for visiting my website
I'm the author of The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax and its almost-finished sequel, codenamed The Something Something of Jonathon Fairfax.
If you've read PAJF, as I call it, then thank you very much. You've helped me in my quest to make a living from writing things that I like.
Now, how can I help you?
Would you like to know more about Perpetual Astonishment?
I launched PAJF four years ago with an apologetic note on Facebook. Since then, it has slowly changed my life, selling around 35,000 copies in all and still going at a rate of around 500 a month.
A surprising lack of failure
I had just come to terms with its failure when it took off quite unexpectedly around the end of 2013. In 2014 it made me a living wage. I didn’t live on it though. Instead I saved the money and did a lot of freelancing, hoping I’d be able to make enough to get a mortgage before London became insupportably expensive.
I didn’t manage it. And I got very ill trying. After a few months, I realised I wasn’t going to get better soon. So I decided to go to Berlin for a bit, get better and write a sequel. I have now just about managed those last two things.
(Soon there will be a link here, and you'll be able to read more about PAJF, if you want to.)
Would you like to know more about the sequel?
This is where I find out whether I can become a more or less full-time author. I have now finished the third draft of the sequel to PAJF and have handed it over to a band of brave – foolhardy even – volunteer test-readers. I’m hoping to do another draft soon and will probably launch it just in time for the post-Christmas lull.
The emptiness of the top floor
It’s set five years after PAJF, and Jonathon is back in London, trying to adapt to a dispiriting corporate job. One day he discovers an empty floor in his building, and this soon drags him – and Lance – into a rabbit-hole of murder, betrayal and flip charts.
Read the first chapter. (Soon this will be a link.)
Vote on your favourite title, or suggest another. (Soon this will also be a link.)
Would you like something short to read now?
Here are some short things you can read, which some people have liked. (The Gdansk one is the longest.)
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Actually, normal service has never really begun. But I’m messing about with this website at the moment, so please bear with me while things change. I apologise for the inconvenience.