Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player


Book Splash Page

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Just to say - regular visitors might notice that a “splash page” has appeared on the home page and the blog, shouting noisily about my new book, which you have to click through to get onto those pages. Sorry about that. I imagine it might be annoying if you come here often. But jeez, give me a break already, I’ve been working on this book for two years, it’s my LIFE STORY, you want me not to make a noise about it? Not to try and tell people it’s coming out in a fortnight? Just keep it under my hat, ignore the whole issue, on my OWN WEBSITE?

  It won’t be there long. Just til the end of September. Or maybe Christmas. No, not that long. November maybe. October. And it will look all different from September 17th when the book is actually out - check back here then, it’ll be all different and exciting and festive, hurray! In the meantime, it just involves one extra click per visit (or two if you choose to travel via the books page to have a look). Sorry about that. But it’s great exercise for the fingers. If you de-bookmark this site as a protest and your fingers get fat, don’t come running to me… I tried…

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nonimus at 12:51 am on September 1st, 2009

Even though i hate poker or any form of gambling, i shall buy a copy and read it. x


Smylers at 1:16 am on September 1st, 2009

Nice quote there from Louise Wener!

(And don’t worry about regular readers: they’ll be the ones following your RSS feed, which links straight to individual blog entries.

What you should be doing is ensuring that the new blog readers you’ve picked up from being on Charlie Brooker are subtly made aware that you write a column in the ‘Observer’ and you have a book coming out.  Maybe with a couple of posts which happen to feature them but ostensibly aren’t straightforward plugs.  Oh, wait ... you’re ahead of me ...)


Phil at 2:09 am on September 1st, 2009

It’s hugely charming that you find the need to apologise on here for what is an extremely reasonable act of self-promotion. If I believed that anybody (besides my mum) would buy a book and so make it worth publishing, I would most certainly be using my own site to help get word out.

Good luck with the book; I hope it all goes well. Will there be any sort of launch or are there any plans to take it on the road with signings or readings or whatnot?


Mike Yoshioka at 5:20 am on September 1st, 2009

I’m really looking forward to getting this book when it comes out. I’m hoping the release date is international? (I’m in Canada)

I’ve only recently found your site, but I’ve really enjoyed watching any of your appearances on the poker shows. You’re quite entertaining!

Mike


Jim at 9:15 am on September 1st, 2009

Pre-order? But I wanna signed copy!

You doing a borders tour or owt?


Victoria Coren at 9:42 am on September 1st, 2009

No plans for a book tour or anything like that at the moment - maybe when the paperback comes out next year. But we might slot in a tiny informal signing at the London EPT in October, I’ll let you know if so.
  Mike - the release on September 17th is NOT international but there is going to be a specific Canadian publication, I think later in the year (maybe December or January). I’m fairly sure it can be bought on amazon.co.uk and posted internationally (there’s a link from the books page of this site to the right page on amazon) but it will be out in Canada within a few months anyway.


Tony Kennick at 10:01 am on September 1st, 2009

According to Amazon, as well as buying other poker memoirs and “Once More, with Feeling” customers who have ordered “For Richer, for Poorer” also purchased “Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre. Amused me anyway.


Glasgow Rich at 12:46 pm on September 1st, 2009

Barrage me with directions to your new writings all you like. It purifies my soul. Once More With Feeling arrived yesterday and is shit hot!

I commented before that you had put me in the mood for playing poker again and for that I thank you. I forgot how satisfying it is to promise oneself only one more hand, then get a straight flush 2 hands later!

I also really like the image of you as the yin yang queen of poker on the ad. Definately paints 1000 words.

affectionately,
a boy who promises not to try being funny in comments in future.


Alex at 7:00 pm on September 1st, 2009

Hi VC,

The splash is a little grating but understandable. I trust that next you’ll be making those oh-so-obvious plugs on TV? lol.
  Just one thing that I find annoying… the title! Why do people insist on using cliche titles for their autobiographies? I know ‘For Richer For Poorer’ probably sums up the book to a degree, but the cheap title devalues the hard work and time you’ve put into it. Nevermind eh. Despite my protest I’ll have to buy your book because I loved your Niven recommendation: ‘Bring on the Empty Horses.’ I’m hoping for just as much sauce! lol.


AJD at 7:45 pm on September 1st, 2009

I’ve just read the extracts in Poker Player magazine and it looks brilliant, I think I’ve just found my reading material for lounging around the Mandalay Bay swimming pool in October.

I noticed Louise Wener’s comment on your published reviews. Have you read any of her post Sleeper work? I’d be interested to know what you thought of her poker book “The Big Blind” the style is very quirky and witty, much like yourself.


David at 8:15 pm on September 1st, 2009

Victoria, I love a gamble but have no interest in Poker. I think I feel I’m too far behind the addicted masses to catch up, the same way that it’s not so much fun getting into a band/musicain after they have become popular.
Can you still sell this book to those of us who don’t know a flush from a whatever? Or should I just buy your book about porn!


ian wells at 11:11 pm on September 1st, 2009

think ill buy a copy, looks a good read from the tasters in pokerplayer,i’ll let u take me out for some supper next time i’m in london as thanks!


daniel maris at 1:51 am on September 2nd, 2009

Look if you want to make some serious money, you’ve got to turn it into a musical. Come on - Chess was a big hit. Why not Poker? Or even better - Poker Star?

Get on the phone to Andrew Lloyd-Rubber now!


Jame at 9:35 am on September 2nd, 2009

Can’t wait for it to arrive - just read the Amazon excerpt; if the fluid nature of the prose carries on it will be a cracking read.


malc at 2:49 pm on September 2nd, 2009

Not to sure about the cover!!
Good idea to have a book signing at the EPT in London!!!
I`ve noticed the start of the Women`s world open 3.
Did you play in this tournament?
If not why not?
You are surely A top woman player!


Glasgow Rich at 3:59 pm on September 2nd, 2009

PS. Would it be worth pointing out to those who are swithering that Amazon offer the book as a half-price new release?

Obviously the most sensible thing therefore is to order two.


LC at 12:10 am on September 4th, 2009

“daniel maris says:
September 2nd, 2009 at 1:51 am
Look if you want to make some serious money, you’ve got to turn it into a musical. Come on - Chess was a big hit. Why not Poker? Or even better - Poker Star?”

‘Jesus Christ Poker Star’ ... clearly.


eightiesdisco at 12:35 pm on September 4th, 2009

I fear that this book might convince me, against my better judgement, that Poker is a good thing and end up costing me much more than the cover price.


David R at 3:38 pm on September 6th, 2009

People ordering Vicky’s book are also buying Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science? That’s interesting.

I very much like the Bad… series of columns. My favourite one is the ‘Bad Bakery’ column, written by Bob Breadbaker. Instead of a picture of Frankenstein at the top of the page, he has a picture of a burnt loaf of bread. His manifesto is, “If I find any instances of overcooked currant buns, I will hunt you down.”


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