Here's a picture of me getting my own copy signed.
I'm quite excited about Mortlock because I have a feeling it is going to be big. Really big. It's a fine shiny hardback, and they've done something funky with the page edges. They're black. And when you open the book the first page is completely red. It's all very very funereal and eye-catching.
I've heard some of the story already - Jon has read parts of it at Wirral Writers - and from what I've heard so far this book is getting bumped right up to the top of my waiting-to-be-read pile. It's a good 'un.
And it's not just me plugging a mate, Mortlock is getting some rave reviews, including this one in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/11/mortlock-childrens-books-review And on Saturday there were queues of eager kids winding out of the door of the shop. I had to wait my turn.
Mortlock is published by Bloomsbury.