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Stone Gods discovered at Balham

By sizemore Last edited 120 months ago
Stone Gods discovered at Balham
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The stuff you find on the tube:

An unpublished novel by renowned author Jeanette Winterson has been found at an Underground station in south London. The Stone Gods, by the writer of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, is not due to be published until September. Martha Oster, 27, said she was "amazed" when she found the 134-page manuscript lying on a bench at Balham station on Wednesday night.

Penguin claim it was accidentally forgotten, but we suspect that this is just the beginning of a major new form of advance publicity to follow on from forcing all authors to have blogs - even dead ones.

We look forward to seeing these kinds of back cover blurbs on upcoming novels by Stephen King and Tom Clancy:

"Unputdownable and absorbent," said beardy guy of no fixed abode.

"More believable than the Standard," said John on the District and Circle Line.

"I used it to shield my phonecam when taking upskirt shots," says Flickr user tubeknickersnapper75.

"I thought it was going to hate my freedom so called the police who destroyed it in a controlled explosion," says Mary Lou from Nevada.

Last Updated 08 March 2007

miss dolyn

ha! i work in publishing and let me tell you that i've dropped a manuscript or two...doubt it's marketing, just someone who's had too many drinks at a launch party.

mike

Hey Miss Dolyn - you don't want to know about the crap that we've left behind on the last tube. One time we left a Canadian.

But if MI6 and the like can get away with losing laptops filled with spy stuff it's probably ok to forget the odd bit of paperwork from time to time :)