The young widow finds a publisher

I am thrilled to announce officially that my memoir, The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement, will be published next year in Australia by UQP. As many of you know, I have been working on this book for most of the time I’ve been living in New York. Moving here was the necessary step in putting some physical and psychological distance between past and future, and for opening up time and space for me to write and organise my thoughts about loving and losing John, and the ways in which the renovation of our house in the first year after he died had both symbolic and literal aspects.

But finding a publisher so quickly has exceeded my hopes. I am honoured that I will be part of a list of authors that includes David Malouf, whose new volume of poems, Typewriter Music, was recently published to critical acclaim and the sort of sales of which most writers, let alone poets, only ever dream.

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  1. Hi Virginia Lloyd
    Well all I can say is a big fat CONGRATULATIONS and I cannot wait to walk into a bookstore and buy your book!! And of course read it. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! And i’m not even your mother. Will humbly prostrate myself at your feet next time I see you instead of the usual kiss-kiss.

  2. Hi Virginia,
    Have just come across your blog via David Kowalski’s ‘Company of the Dead’ website. Congratulations – UQP publish such wonderful books!
    If you would like me to review your book when it comes out, please let me know.

  3. That is wonderful news, Virginia! Nick and I are so pleased for you. We both really enjoy reading your blog, so can’t wait to read your book too. Congratulations!

  4. Dear Apple Girl,

    It has been said – by a greater man than me – that it is not titles which honour men, but men that honour titles. This news you share with us proves to me yet again how true that is. You bring honour to that title you don’t use here.

    Congratulations, from one of Kowalski’s 10,000



  5. Dear Virg

    Wow! Congratulations. You deserve it. When does your book arrive into the bookstores? I will keep an eye out for it. This is a great acheivement.


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