Friday, 28 December 2012

Book launch, Feb 27, Glencoe: The Only Genuine Jones (a guest post by Alex)

The Only Genuine Jones by Alex Roddie

Regular readers will be aware that this site's founder, Alex Roddie, published a Kindle eBook in October this year. The Only Genuine Jones has been selling well in its digital form (and is now on special offer for 99p until the 31st) but many people don't own ereaders and I have received many queries about when the book will be available as a paperback.

I'm very pleased to announce that the details of the book launch have now been finalised. I invite readers to join me at the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, at 9pm on the 27th of February 2013. I will be talking a little about the process of researching and writing the novel, how and why the story differs from true events, and perhaps also a short reading. There will also of course be an opportunity to obtain your signed copy.

Supplies are expected to be limited at first, so if you plan to attend, please comment below or register your interest on the Facebook event page.

The paperback edition includes a number of pen and ink illustrations by the author which are not included in the eBook version. If you have not yet downloaded your digital copy, it's currently on special offer at 99p until December the 31st. You can download it here.

The Only Genuine Jones by Alex Roddie
Why is this book relevant to Scottish mountaineering, and Glencoe in particular? The Clachaig is a prominent setting in the book, and frequenters of Glencoe will recognise locations such as Stob Coire nan Lochan, Bidean nam Bian, and Ben Nevis. The story is set in 1896-7 and follows the adventures of contemporary mountaineers including O.G. Jones and Aleister Crowley (who happen to hate each other). Despite a grounding in real characters and settings, the story is fiction and asks questions about how the sport of climbing may have developed if short ice axes and crampons had been introduced a few decades earlier. Alpine north faces are involved!

Above all it's an adventure story, not to be taken too seriously--but that doesn't mean it avoids serious subjects. The book has already achieved ten 5* ratings on Amazon.

I hope to see as many as possible of you there on February the 27th.

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