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New Model Army

By Adam Roberts | March 27, 2010
Categories: Book News

In the post this morning: the first two of my author copies of New Model Army (available from all good internet bookshops and so on and so forth). Very handsome volume; good cover, nice type, sits lovely in the hand. I opened it at random on p.128 and found a typo in the first line, which, I choose to believe, is one of those omens like William the Conqueror falling over when he got off the boat at Pevensey -- which is to say, by this typo I seize England with both hands! Certainly, looking through, I can't find any other typos; and the omen is given force by the fact that, as it happens, p127 is the page where the book stops being 'a good book' and starts being 'a really good book.' The best I've written, I think (though what do I know, etc).

On the other hand, Gollancz have chosen not to go with my preferred strapline: 'If Nabokov had written Bravo Two Zero ...' Probably wisely.

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12 Responses to “New Model Army”

  1. David J. Williams Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Congrats. And I like your approach to the typo. More stoic than I'd be in similar circumstances, I suspect (unless I can expand the definition of stoic to include stuffing myself down the kitchen garbage disposal).

    Seriously, looks like a great book --can't wait to read it.

  2. R Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Does it worry you that amazon describes you as
    'one of the UKs most exciting and innovative literary voices working at the height of his power'? According to them there's nowhere to go but down from here.

  3. c Says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    i believe that's 'Gaiman's Law Of Being An Author', which Mr Gaiman states here (at the end):

  4. Nic Dunlop Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Just pre-ordered this today Adam, really looking forward to it.

  5. Aleksi Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    My, my, am I eager to get my hands on this. I hope you interpreted the omen right. But what is it, actually, that you aim to conquer? The British Isles? Europe? Polynesia and Togo? The whole world?

    Only the time will show, I guess. Congrats, anyway! :)

  6. Fourcultures Says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I love the idea of Nabokov writing Bravo Two Zero. Would he have called it Pale Crossfire?

  7. Adam Roberts Says:
    April 23rd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Fourcultures wins the thread.

  8. Adam Roberts Says:
    April 28th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Aleksi: my battalions will soon flank a number of Finnish and Russian cities ... you'd better watch out.

  9. Tristan Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 5:28 am


    Any idea when this will be released in North America?

  10. Adam Roberts Says:
    May 11th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Tristan: no plans as yet, I'm afraid.

  11. MattU Says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I wonder if UK students have been reading NMA?

  12. jgold Says:
    September 7th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I was interested in New Model Army. Do you have it in any format I can read on my iPad?