Posts Tagged ‘Steve Pope’s Run Across America’

On Monday, Dave Cameron rings us up from New York and personally buys a copy of this book.

On Wednesday he launches his campaign to put the Great back into Britain.


Talking of bad sex writing, scroll down here a bit for a fact we didn’t know about Flaubert, which has raised him inestimably in our opinion. I like the comment underneath by King Huff:

Steve Erickson is the laureate, the alpha and omega of bad sex.

Here’s a sample:

He gripped her hips and pulled her closer. “Do you feel my tongue there?” he said.

She nodded speechlessly. “Can you feel it in the chambers of your heart?”

Now how would he say that? Surely it would just be a series of muffled sounds and she’d go “Eh?” “What did you say?”

“Canfoofeelli inferchamffers offerhuff?”

Finally, something for the weekend, courtesy of The Impressions:

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And Kidnapped author Colin Freeman, here. They all seem remarkably unaffected by what must have been, especially in the case of Mr and Mrs Chandler, really terrible ordeals. Getting your internet reconnected on release, apparently, is worse than being held in a cave somewhere in the Horn of Africa. (Interestingly, given Colin’s hairline, the video was sponsored – when I watched it – by Regaine.)

By the way, Kidnapped was reviewed the other day in the Indie.

Gadget’s blog is being read by lots of people these days, including Bill Bratton. We’re sending the former LAPD and NYPD commissioner a copy of Perverting the Course of Justice.

Theodore Dalrymple’s Anything Goes will be out around the end of the month. It has additional content that is not in the US version, including a piece about the recent riots. Apologies to those who have been waiting for this book to appear! As you can see from the Amazon date, we’re slightly late with it.

Steve ‘So That’s Why They Call It Great Britain‘ Pope’s Run Across America is well under way. You can follow his blog and sponsor him here.

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The office has been closed for a couple of weeks with Monday Books temporarily relocating to the Algarve for sun, sea, sand, sardines, Sagres and Super Bock. So apologies for our limited response to those readers who have submitted manuscripts, wanted stuff or just emailed/called during that time.

We were staying at Praia da Luz, and that’s not a mistake we’ll make again. The place was heaving with fat, tattooed Englishmen in football shirts; the local bars served Magners cider, Carling Black Label and ‘full English breakfasts’; Sky Sports’ Premiership coverage was ubiquitous (we did get to watch the Monday of the last Test, though, which was brilliant). After the West Ham vs Leeds game, we walked as a family into town and met a group of five or six young English boys coming the other way, singing football songs. When they spotted us, they immediately started pointing at our daughters (10-year-old twins) and chanting (in the style of ‘Here we go’) ‘Mum and dad, mum and dad, mum and dad!‘ The girls were mystified as to why it should be a matter of embarrassment to be out walking with your parents. Luckily, they’re made of very strong stuff, but I found it rather sad. (The contrast between the appearance and behaviour of British tourists in Luz, generally, with the Dutch and Germans who also seem to like the area is embarrassing, by the way.)

Further west towards Sagres,and east to the small villages around Lagoa, it was much better. On our last day, we went dolphin-watching off Lagos, and a large pod of common dolphin chased mackerel alongside our boat for 15 minutes. That was (overused word) magical. Later that evening, I met up with the libertarian economics blogger Tim Worstall, who lives not too far away. We discussed a number of projects, which we’ll talk more about in future.

The fish market at Lagos was excellent:

Portugal’s a very poor country, obviously. The average wage is around €7,000 per annum, and the cost of living is not cheap. I spoke to lots of locals about the economic situation there; to a man and woman, they were convinced that they needed to get out of the euro and go back to the escudo, but equally terrified of the consequences of so doing. Of course, this would enable them to devalue and suck in money from outside, but doubtless more obese, gobby Brummies, Geordies and Cockneys would flow in on the tide.

Despite this real poverty, there was no hint of the trouble that France, Germany, Greece and Britain have recently seen and which in the UK was blamed in some quarters on the alleged poverty in our slums. The fact that most of the British rioters have been educated, housed, clothed, fed, kept warm, and provided with free healthcare and a free pension at the expense of others, and co-ordinated their actions using BlackBerrys, and didn’t steal food but plasma tellies, seems not to matter. Maybe it’s there in Portugal, too, and we just didn’t see it. There is graffiti everywhere, mind you, and the usual new European insistence on replacing perfectly decent old buildings with modernist rubbish, the old then being left to rot and decay.

Here’s the old train station at Lagos, built in 1922 and covered in beautiful relief tiles:

And here’s the new one next door:

Ironically, Theodore Dalrymple is working on a book which shows the juxtaposition in England of elegant old buildings with ugly modern trash.

Dalrymple was busy while we were away; he wrote seven articles on the riots, and probably made more money out of them than any of the rioters. It’s an ill wind etc.

Hugh ‘Our Man in Orlando‘ Hunter was on Radio 4’s Saturday Live this morning. They said they’d plug the book, but didn’t. He was also on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 while we were away.

Winston ‘Generation F‘ Smith also made a number of radio and newspaper appearances in our absence.

Steve ‘So That’s Why They Call It Great Britain‘ Pope appeared in various newspapers and TV/radio shows, too. The focus was on his run across America to raise money for Help for Heroes, which he recently started. There’s a good piece in the Yorkshire Post here, and Steve’s event website is here. It’s a monumental effort, and he deserves support – please mention it to friends, and sponsor him if you can afford it.

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on the BBC website (belated mention).

You can hear the author of Kidnapped on Radio Four’s Excess Baggage this coming weekend, too.

Toby Young kindly retweeted our mention of Steve Pope and his insane plan to run across America to raise money for Help for Heroes. Thanks, Toby.

Finally, these must be worth quite a lot of money to someone.

All of our titles are available as eBooks from www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com, and (soon) iBooks.

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…is running across America – 40 miles a day, for 77 days, taking in nine mountain ranges and three deserts along the way.

Steve – teacher, student landlord and author of our magnificent So That’s Why They Call It Great Britain (free extract here) – is undertaking this act of insanity with a friend, the Great Britain ultra-distance runner Chris Finill.

It is a truly staggering prospect. To put it into perspective, eight times as many people have climbed Everest.

It has been done before, but of the very small number who have crossed the States, coast-to-coast, on foot, most have taken a shorter route (from San Diego, CA, to Jacksonville, FL) and most have walked.

Chris is the only person to have run all 31 London marathons in under three hours. Steve’s no mean runner himself, and regularly wins regional 50 mile races.

They’re being accompanied by cameraman Ben Southern, and the whole crazy escapade is designed to raise £10,000 for Help for Heroes.

They’ll start in San Francisco on August 19 and hope to end up by running the New York marathon on November 6. I once drove the route (or close to), and that was tough enough.

Monday Books is a proud sponsor of the event (and, additionally, for any copy of Steve’s book bought directly from our website during the course of the run, we will donate 50% of the jacket price to H4H).

They are still looking for:

More sponsors who can help out with cash or equipment

Runners who would like to run with Steve and Chris for a mile or a day

Hoteliers or homeowners who might be able to give them a bed for the night

Journalists who are interested in interviewing them or covering the run

All of the above can contact them via their website.

Please do spread this around the internet as much as you can – they have no money for press or public relations, so it will all have to be viral.

Steve Pope: possibly insane.

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