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OMG - book!

So I get back from a rather wearisome training morning, and what do I find in my pigeon-hole?

This:

(Also available here and here, but Blackwell's have the best picture.)


My copy is an advance - it actually becomes available to the general public from 1st December onwards. But, fundamentally, I am now a real, live published author. Wow!

NO-ONE need feel obliged to buy this just because they know me. But if you're interested I can a) give you a bit more of an idea of what's in it than the web-sites do, so that you can decide whether you'd like to buy it or not, and b) order it on your behalf at a 30% discount (i.e. £35 rather than £50).

In the meantime, please excuse me while I go and spend the rest of the day on an excited high...

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hieroglyphe
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations :-)
stompyboots
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Go you! And what a great cover, too. When I get a copy, will you sign it for me please? Then I can say 'I knew her when', and be all smug. :)
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with that! It's my own photo, but I think they did clever things with the colour balance to make it look better than it was!

And yes, I'm happy to sign your copy if you'd like. You might also find you want to check out the acknowledgements page at some point... ;)
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nalsa
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well done, you!
huskyteer
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - congratulations and envy!
edling
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!
davesangel
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!!! Many, many congratulations, and I'll certainly be buying a copy :)
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks - that is very sweet of you. I will note your name down, and let you know about ordering details once it's properly published.
my_mundane_life
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Brilliant :) Congratulations! I love the cover. That's two people on my flist who've seen their new books for the first time recently :)
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Cool - who else?
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p_dan_tic
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
I actually quite dissapointed to see your real name rather than PJ Strange

I had no idea i'd feel like that until i saw it

still congratulations, you published author you
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
He-he-he! That would have been quite amusing. And maybe even plausible - there is a guy at Manchester who writes about Roman Spain called Andy Fear, after all!
megamole
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Woo!

And I'd like a copy.
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I'll let you know about ordering details shortly.
robertom
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
SHAZAM! i am a helenist, to be truthful, so let me know what is in teh book and i will see if it tickles that part of me that is a latinist.
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Well, it's basically about why Roman cities had suburbs, what made those suburbs different from the centre, and what people did with them. I'm setting it in an empire-wide context, so there's some stuff early on about how Greek authors talk about suburbs (using the word proasteion). But most of it is about the western empire, and of course particularly Gaul - in both the high empire and late antiquity. The evidence for the bulk of the discussion is mainly archaeological, so there's lots of pictures and maps. Finally, I close by looking at how an understanding of suburbs can help us look at wider questions, such as the nature of a Roman city, its relationship with the countryside, and the relationship between the provincial elites and Rome.
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sashajwolf
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
angeoverhere
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! wonderful, and it does indeed have a lovely cover..

I hope you bring it to Ledbury so we can all squee at it?
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sure, no problem!
dakegra
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
cool!

We need to see a photo of you clutching the book!
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Hee - I'll see what I can do!
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themonkeypolice
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
That is amazing... congratulations. It looks excellent.
libellum
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Woooo! Go you, and yay for happiness!

I love the photo, and the way your full name looks printed out ... um, is that really odd? Penelope is such a graceful name :)
strange_complex
Nov. 10th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
No, indeed - that's why I use it for my publications. Penny in real life, Penelope on paper, is my rule.
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