Like False Money is out in paperback in November and that gave me the chance to do what I've wanted to do since the first hardback edition hit the shops - find and exise a spurious 'be'. It's the typo that got away from everyone. A real irritation. They didn't allow any edits when the hardback was reprinted.
I thought I knew where it was - roughly. But no, it wasn't obvious. Hiding itself again. But no word can hide forever in the digital age and I did a search on 'be', checking every one of them. Who'd have thought there would be so many? And by a quarter of the way through the book, what a ridiculous word it had become. Be? be? bebebe. Beeeee.... A positive buffoon of a word that no writer in their right mind could possibly think of using. How was I ever to write another book, in fact, because I knew that 'be' would have to show its face.
Found it in the end and exterminated it. And it's turning into an ok word again, thankfully. I can see myself using it... or be myself using it... or see myself being it.... And bees apart, I love the new cover. Here it is: