It’s barely a year since Jonathan Pinnock came here to do a guest appearance, and look what’s happened! Not only has his blog serialisation of Mrs. Darcy versus the Aliens been snapped up by a new imprint of Salt Publishing, but it’s already in the shops and in a healthy position in WH Smith charts.
For those of you who don’t know Mrs. Darcy in this particular guise, do read an extract here (wet shirt alert!) which will get you in the mood for the book as a whole. As a bit of a ‘real’ Austen fan, I was doubtful about my stomach for the alien mash-up, but as soon as I tried out the original blog, I found myself laughing out loud – with more laughs to follow when I tracked down this truly silly (brush up your school French!) YouTube trailer. I’m now pleased I didn’t read the whole blog as I have an excellent excuse (though no excuse needed to support Fellow Writer) to go out and buy the book, which I shall do any minute now. I hope lots of you will do the same. Don’t worry, an affection for Jane Austen can only increase the pleasure.
As I also had the good luck to bump into Jon in person (that’s very tall person as it happens) along with a number of other notable Tweeps at the Get Writing Conference, his moment of glory feels all the more personal. If you’d like to meet up with Jon in a more virtual way, his blog tour schedule is here, and there’s a cracking outline of what makes the book work on the Proxima blog.
So what more can I say? If the truth is out there, though not yet universally acknowledged, I think it pretty soon will be.