Five days to go… Five days until my next novel, Lucky Portbraddon is published on Amazon by KDP, Kindle Direct Publishing, and it will be out there on its own in the world! I was reading someone’s comments on how they felt about their child going to ‘big school’ for the first time, a mixture of pride, anxiety, relief, worry, nervousness, and then all the things they thought about once the child was in school ‘I should have told them this, I should have given them that, why didn’t I realise this that and the other…‘ In a way this is how I feel now about my book – I keep checking it and checking it, just like a parent might say to their school-bound child ‘have you got your thingmybob? have you remembered your thingamajig? did you remember to do your such and such?

I know I still have a bit to do, like checking the school uniform, polishing the shoes and packing the lunch, but I know in actual fact I am very nearly there, and will get everything ready on time. I know it is always like this – I felt the same with my other books at this stage, but with this book because it has taken so long from when I first had the idea of it, to me beginning to write it, to me finishing it, and then doing all the rewrites and edits etc, in a way this has been more of a struggle than any other.

So why.. why has it taken it so long? Well, long is the word, because it is long, longer than my other novels, but it is no longer than other well-known books; I’m not comparing myself to these great authors, I just write stories but here is how Lucky Portbraddon would fit in terms of length among other well-known novels:

  1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  3. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  5. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  9. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  10. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  11. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  12. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  13. Lucky Portbraddon
  14. Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
  15. A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
  16. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  17. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  18. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  19. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  20. Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
  21. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  22. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  23. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

It might not be an epic, but it is the story of a family of six cousins, their wives, partners and children, and it shows how a bereavement can unravel the close connections people have in a way they could never anticipate.

if you haven’t read my other, (shorter!) novels, here is a link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lois+elsden

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