Meros goes mainstream
I’m delighted to report that news of Richard Meros’ impending book launch for Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man has been picked up by someone in the mainstream media. Guy Somerset, the Dominion Post‘s books editor, has flagged the Meros book in his blog, Shelf Life.
Somerset relies on this blog and a blog I previously contributed to for the bulk of his information, which I think is just fine because, after all, this is a site of the highest repute.
Of course, being a books blog, Shelf Life is hugely popular in uberliterate New Zealand, meaning the traffic flooding into Hong Kong Ham has been close to overwhelming, registering in the mid-to-upper ones.
Somerset’s post is largely complimentary and suitably cheeky, even if he does have the audacity to point out Meros’ spelling mistakes, and he finishes on praise of the highest order: by comparing Meros to an Irish-born English novelist and Anglican clergyman who just happened to be the author of a book called The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
Incidentally, that book was made into a delicious comedy starring Steve Coogan.
I’d love to see Coogan star in a film adaptation of Meros’ first novel, On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me As Her Young Lover. That would be a treat to watch.
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