CHANGE OF PLAN: Earlier this was supposed to be Monday the 16th January but Craig’s dates have changed. Please change the dates in your diaries accordingly. Sorry for messing you about! — Hayley
This year I don’t think there was a more talked-about book than Craig Thompson’s Habibi. The single Gosh! advance reading copy was a poor battered mess by the time it had been kicked around in every staff member’s bag, and when our exclusive bookplate editions arrived they didn’t last very long at all. It’s an astonishing book that has been reviewed and argued about in print and online and if you’ve not read it yet you’ve missed a trick. Buy yourself a copy and find a bookmark. It’s 672 glorious pages long.
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, HABIBI tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them.
At once contemporary and timeless, HABIBI gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.
Craig Thompson will be in the country next month for his European book tour. He’ll be parked at the Gosh! signing table from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday the 21st of January and we’re very glad to have him. We’ll have plenty of copies of the book available on the day but if you’d like to grab one now you might end up with one of the last remaining copies of Habibi’s increasingly rare first print run.