Went to Adam’s book launch at the John Snow last night. Book launches are weird, they’re like art show openings but (I suspect) with bigger egos and a more formal hierarchy to be observed. The publisher, the agent, the publicist, the family and the friends (the last two groups having read early drafts in a random order and as a result have no idea what the book’s actually like) are all there*. Adam told a nice story about his mum. Having read the first draft she said “Well Adam, it’s not very good is it”. I think her initial comments about his first book were “Maybe writing isn’t really your thing”.
The book (I’ve read half of it in draft) is very good and is mostly about the history of cancer treatments. It’s also about the death of Adam’s dad but it’s not really a cancer biography. You can read about it here and buy it here.
* Adam reckons book launches are weird but not for the reasons I’ve listed. In his case he thinks it’s because he had lots of his contributors there and wanted to make sure he looked after them.