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I'm the author of The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax and its soon-to-be-released sequel, Jonathon Fairfax Must Be Destroyed.
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?
I launched PAJF four years ago with an apologetic note on Facebook. Since then, it has slowly changed my life, getting reviews in The Guardian, Stylist and Metro, being shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award, and selling over 30,000 copies.
A surprising lack of failure
It took off quite unexpectedly around the end of 2013, just as I was coming to terms with its failure. 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 scrape together 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 in 2015, 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, so I've come back to England to release it.
This is where I find out whether I can become a more or less full-time author. With feedback from some kind and intrepid test-readers, and help from Scott Pack, ace editor and former head of HarperCollins, I've finished the final draft. The cover has been designed by Patrick Knowles, who did Rivers of London and House of Silk.
On 16 September, I'll begin to find out whether it's any good.
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.
I'd be extremely grateful if you could tell me what you think of the cover and the blurb.
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