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Help save civilization by reading a funny book

It's not every day you get a chance to help an award-winning impoverished author (er, that's me) solve a major dilemma, while simultaneously helping to humanise Capitalism, revolutionise Publishing, and save Civilization. But today is that day.


Jude in London - soon to be a major bookHere's the background (the dilemma will follow): my new novel, Jude in London, has just been longlisted for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. Now, The Not The Booker Prize is the most entertaining prize in the literary calendar; an annual online flame-war-slash-literary-debate that can be very helpful in drawing attention to unusual books. (The prize itself is a mug, worth about £1.50. But the glory is incalculable!)


BUT: For a long-listed novel to make the shortlist, readers have to nominate the book, and post a very short review on the Guardian website (to prove they've read it). The process is explained in detail here.


Here's the dilemma: Jude in London is officially published on September 6th. But the shortlist votes (and reviews) have to be in by this coming Wednesday. As my novel isn't in the shops for another fortnight, I don't have any readers yet to nominate it.


So, if any of you would like to read Jude in London, for free, I can send you a pdf of the entire finished book, nicely laid out and readable, today. And if you like it a lot, I'd be extremely pleased if you would post a 150 word review, and nominate it for the shortlist by Wednesday. You're under no pressure to review it or vote for it: only do that if you genuinely like it a lot and think it's worthy of going through to the next round.


There you go. Anyone who wants a free pdf of Jude in London, just ask in the comments below, or on Twitter (I'm @juliangough), or email me at


Now, here's the bit where we revolutionise Capitalism. My beloved publisher Ben, who runs Old Street, has conniptions at the thought of a professional-quality pdf of the entire book escaping into the wild before publication. Understandably so - he's sunk a lot of time and money into making a beautiful book out of Jude in London. But I think the future for peculiar writers like me has to be a kind of love-based mutant version of capitalism where you trust your readers, and in return your readers help to keep you alive. Because the free market isn't going to. Bear in mind, I've gone bust and been evicted while writing this book. I've wandered Europe homeless, relying on the kindness of friends (and the occasional stranger) to get it finished. So I, too, would like to see it, somehow, earn me enough to keep going and finish the next one.


So here's the deal: I give you the book for free. You don't have to review it or nominate it. But if you really like the book, if you read all the way to the end and have a good time... I'd love you to buy a copy for a friend. Does that seem fair?


And if you do like it, and buy a copy for a friend, tell me, and I'll tell my publisher, and maybe this trust-based model (where a book is always a present, and yet small publishers stay in business and weird writers get to eat) could take off.

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Can't I just do what professional reviewers do and *pretend* to have read the book?

"Jude In London is a wild, mesmerising vision of life in its entirety that proves as deeply intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally devastating. Reading the first chapter alone will likely see you hospitalised. Quite simply, it is the last word on London and every other subject conceivable."
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAidan Madden
Mr. Gough,

You book "Juno and Juliet" kept me from going completely bonkers while stranded on the wrong side of the U.S. Floods this summer. During a particularly trying five hours "trapped" in a train station in Sacramento infested by pigeons, your book kept me sane. So, yes, I'd like to read, review, etc., whatever you need us to do. My email is

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvivadetroit
May I?
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricksy Rix
I'd love a copy!
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter D
Since you say that ' The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble' appears in 'Jude in London', I'd do that. Please.
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbv
Wow. Yes, lovely, I'll sort you all out this evening. Got to run and meet someone from Tate Modern now. Which could be interesting, given how Jude treats Tate Modern, and the Turner Prize, in the book:

Fun times. Love you all, especially Aviva... Later.
August 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
Hi Julian, send me a copy please. (i checked the publisher website to see if I could pre-order a paid copy but alas no - it would be good if the coalition if the willing could commit in advance to respect you - and the publisher - financially in the morning.) All the best, Martin
I'd like a copy please! It sounds like a damn good deal to me.
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruno
What a treat! I'd love to join in. I'm doing long-term travel at the moment, so digital books are just what the doctor ordered. And I'd have no problem thinking of a friend who'd like a physical copy. Thanks and all the best, Julian!
August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonG
I would really like a copy of it, will have lots of time reading it in the army, and defenitly reviewing it. It would be nice seeing you waving that mug around as a trophy!
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAriel Vardi
Ooh yes please that sounds like a brilliant idea. Is this pdf a good fit for a Kindle?
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee
I'm really excited about reading this book.
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
I would love to help you out.
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErich
Great idea. I'd love a copy, but only if it's not much longer than a couple of hundred pages - otherwise I won't be able to finish it before Wednesday. cheers.
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoss
Thanks, all of you. I should have sent everyone a copy at this stage. If it hasn't arrived, have a quick look in your spam filter (after all, it's a big attachment, containing a lot of rude words!) and if it's not there, give me a shout. I really appreciate your help, and I do hope you enjoy the book.
August 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
I'd love to read a copy of it. Sounds like an awesome book!
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhiteguy1
Would be happy to buy if I like it (usual bookprice permitting). Having read some of your articles, would be amazed if I didn't...

I'm not the fastest reader (more of a hare than a tortoise, if you see what I mean) so please send as soon as you can. :)
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColin McGovern
I would love a copy!
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLivia
Hi. Would love to good give your book a shot. Send on.
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharlie mcnutt
Please send me a copy.
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDouglas Milburn

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