I was 2/3 through David Peace's new novel Tokyo Year Zero when we took a train down to Essex to see some family.
On the way back the train was packed. There were no seats at all and many folk were standing. Finn was in one of his wriggly moods and I was having trouble keeping him in my arms when a lady kindly offered us her seat. I pretended to do the gentlemanly thing by suggesting Mary sit down with Finn but really it was a cunning plan to get back to my book! I had to stand all the way to Liverpool St but it was worth it - Tokyo Year Zero is yet another astonishing achievement from Peace.
Back in London meant the return of Finn (ie total chaos) and for some reason I stuffed my book into Mary's bag. The next day it was still there, weighing her down, so she took it out and put it somewhere...
Probably "in a safe place" because it has completely vanished!
This morning I asked her if she had found out where it was yet. "No, I looked everywhere."
But it's a proof. They are not easy to get hold of. If I ask the publishers for another they will suspect I sold the first on e-bay. (They don't know that I have forgotten my Paypal password do they.)
I NEED TO FINISH IT DARLING.
I MUST FIND IT.
OTHERWISE IT'S WAR!