So here we are, just days away from the publication of the eighth Dan Rhodes book, Marry Me. It hits the shelves on 31st January in a handsome and sensibly priced hardback edition.
Thanks to Rhodes’ near total lack of interest in promotional activities, it’s fallen to us to assemble some enthralling nuggets of information about the latest release. Here goes:
1. Marry Me is named after the words written across Morrissey’s chest when The Smiths performed William It Was Really Nothing on Top of the Pops. Watch it here.
2. Even though it’s the second shortest of Rhodes’ books, Marry Me took fifteen years to write. The final touches were put in place just before midnight on 25th February 2012 – in the moments before he turned 40 and officially stopped being a Young Writer. He is now an Elder Statesman, but fortunately this book has not been tainted by his descent into middle age.
3. First editions of this book carry a hilarious typo in the author bio.* This will make them extremely valuable in years to come.
4. Rhodes decided to start scraping this book together in earnest after taking part in an In Chapters event at his favourite festival, The Laugharne Weekend. He isn’t able to be there this year, but you should still go. If you visit their web site you might be lucky enough to see an extreme close up of his teeth.
5. It’s also an e-book, but we recommend buying the actual book. You don’t need us to tell you that proper books are miles better than e-books.
6. It’s available for pre-order from the usual places. Book shops, for example. That takes us over the five mark, but never mind.
7. Experts are predicting that Marry Me will soon be the book most quoted at weddings – overtaking such perennial favourites as The Bible, Kahlil Gabrin’s The Prophet and Piggly Plays Truant.
8. This is the second Dan Rhodes book to be published in ten months. Don’t worry though – this extraordinary productivity will now abate.
*Actually not hilarious.