Today I’m thrilled to be hosting the blog tour for Notebook by Tom Cox.
Sure, sex is great, but have you ever cracked open a new notebook and written something on the first page with a really nice pen?
The story behind Notebook starts with a minor crime: the theft of Tom Cox’s
rucksack from a Bristol pub in 2018. In that rucksack was a journal containing
ten months worth of notes, one of the many Tom has used to record his
thoughts and observations over the past twelve years. It wasn’t the best he had
ever kept – his handwriting was messier than in his previous notebook, his
entries more sporadic – but he still grieved for every one of the hundred or so
This incident made Tom appreciate how much notebook-keeping means to
him: the act of putting pen to paper has always led him to write with an
unvarnished, spur-of-the-moment honesty that he wouldn’t achieve on-screen.
Here, Tom has assembled his favourite stories, fragments, moments and ideas
from those notebooks, ranging from memories of his childhood to the
revelation that ‘There are two types of people in the world. People who fucking
love maps, and people who don’t.’ The result is a book redolent of the real stuff of life, shot through with Cox’s trademark warmth and wit.
Do you have those authors that you go back to time and time again? The ones who you don’t have to think twice about buying their latest offering. Of course you do. I myself have a handful and Tom Cox is one of those. He is a writer who is true to his craft and rather good at it too. His writing is humorous and he has this wonderful knack of capturing the extraordinary within the ordinary. I’ve enjoyed his previous work greatly (although have to admit I haven’t yet read The Good, the Bad and the Furry) and so I didn’t hesitate to sign up to support this, his latest offering, Notebook.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining and this book came about from a petty thief stealing Tom’s rucksack from a pub back in 2018. The notebook inside was far more valuable than the car keys, cash and mobile phone also within. He felt it’s loss, but from that loss came this rather wonderful, enchanting and funny collection of anecdotes that he has taken from his surviving notebooks. It is an insight into the writer and shows us just how passionate he is of his writing, nature, the countryside, and well, life in general. It’s such a wonderful book to dip into when life is getting on your nerves. Perfect to pick up and read from cover to cover or simply let the book fall open at any page and see what delights he has to share with us there.
As ever he talks wonderfully and hilariously about animals (a run in with a cow named Geoff being one of my favourites), inserts short but punchy outbursts from his dad, along with some slightly calmer yet still surreal insights from his mum…and so much more. Tom has a rather unique way of looking at life and captures it on the page beautifully. I believe he is wonderfully eccentric, and I am so pleased that he follows his heart and publishes his work the way he wants to – the world is so much better for it. It’s a stunning little book, a pure delight to hold in the hand, beautifully designed with wonderful illustrations running through it. A lovely book to own. A lovely book to keep…and one I thoroughly recommend.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.
Tom is currently crowdfunding for his first ever novel, ‘Villager‘ on Unbound and you too can join the revolution and support this wonderful writer here.
About the author
Tom Cox lives in Devon. He is the author of, among other books, the Sunday Times bestselling The Good, the Bad and the Furry, Ring the Hill and the Wainwright Prize long listed 21st-Century Yokel. Help the Witch, his first collection of short stories, was published in 2018 and won a Shirley Jackson Horror Writing Award. He is currently writing his first novel which you can support now via Unbound.