“What it is is a work of art, in the fullest sense.” This is a quote from the late great American poet JT Ahearn after he read The Three Bears, a novel I wrote. It was published in 2006, and again in a slightly revised edition in 2008. It is without doubt, the best thing I have ever written and probably the best thing I will ever write. When I say ‘best’ I don’t mean it’s the best plot. the best story, the best characterisation or even the best writing, I mean it is a true work of art, it’s completely unique and wonderful in entirely its own way. By any measure it’s a long way from perfect and if I’d thought about it rationally I probably wouldn’t have published it, but I’m glad I did.
Many people, if they bothered to read the novel, would dismiss it as self-indulgent crap, and I wouldn’t blame them or be particularly upset about it. This is because it’s the literary equivalent of Tracey Emin’s Bed, a piece of art that is more vilified than praised, yet sold recently for £2.2 million, almost twice the estimate. I’m not saying I like Tracey Emin’s Bed and think it’s worth £2.2 million, and I’m not saying that The Three Bears is like Tracey Emin’s Bed in any other way, just that it’s possible for many people to dislike and vilify something that is nevertheless valuable in some way.
Anyway, the work should speak for itself so if anyone reading this is willing to take a chance, I will send you a signed paperback copy of the novel for a fiver, that’s half price. I’ll also throw in free postage if you’re in the UK. If you’re outside the UK I’ll send it to you for a fiver plus the cost of the postage minus a pound, to make it fair – I don’t know how much that is until I know where you live.
Please fill in the form below with your email address and I’ll send you a Paypal invoice which you can pay using Paypal or a credit or debit card. I’ll post the book as soon as I can and let you know when it’s on the way.
Before you do, bear in mind this quote from the first page of the novel: “OK, enough digression for now. I’d better get the beginning of the story started before you piss off and re-read Jane Eyre or something else, equally mind-numbingly mainstream. Mainstream, mainstream, bollocks.”
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