At the beginning of the year, an indy games developer called Mike Bithell emailed me and asked me to check out a little game he was working on. So I did. And I loved it. It was only an early version, but I thought it was absolutely beautiful. He asked me if I’d narrate the game. I was very pleased to.
The game is out today, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s called Thomas Was Alone… if you’ve got a Mac or a PC, check it out. It’s a dream to play, has incredible music by David Housden, and a really lovely story, which I’ve tried not to ruin. I’m proud to be part of it. You can download it here.
Also in the world of videogames, I’m asked a lot on Twitter if Shaun Hastings will be back for Assassin’s Creed 3. And he will. Which means I’ll have to think of some grumpy things to say. This time round, I was lucky enough to be asked to also write some stuff for the game itself by Corey May, which has been great fun. They’ve renamed the Animus “the Danimus” as a result.
That’s not true.
But the game is shaping up to be amazing and comes out in a few months…
… is what the Italian edition of Charlotte Street is called, and I’m just back from three days of events in Florence, Milan and Vicenza launching it. It was great fun, fuelled by pasta and red wine. And they even sent a London cab to pick me up from the railway station.
(Sitting in a London cab wasn’t unusual for me. But it looked very odd on the streets on Vicenza…)
I’m thrilled to say that the novel is now a bestseller – so thank you so, so, so much if you got a copy. It’s a new discipline for me, and your support means the world. My thanks, too, to everyone at Feltrinelli – and there’ll be more international editions of the book out soon, in Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the US.
It was really excellent to meet some Italian readers! The Italian version is here!
… is now a triple Sony Award-winning show – and we’re completely delighted. The team snagged a Gold, a Silver and a Bronze, making ours the most-awarded radio show of the night. Two were for our all-live Naked Breakfast show – and one was for the mighty QuizFace!
Those early mornings feel a bit easier now.
We’re properly happy about this. Next up is the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, where I’m up against the might of Christian O’Connell and John Suchet for Presenter of the Year.
The show’s a joy to do – thanks from me, Matt and Dave if you join in! And the podcast is available on iTunes or xfm.co.uk!
“Danny Wallace’s long-awaited debut novel is so worth the wait… a moving, funny, all-too-relatable tale of boy seeking girl, with some gripping twists and turns… an unmissable read which will have you laughing out loud and melt your heart, all at once.”
Well, then… here we go!
I have a new book out! It’s called CHARLOTTE STREET - and it’s my first novel.
It’s all about a man who one night helps a girl. Just for a second. And there’s a moment between them. But then it’s over. She disappears. But in his hands, he realises he’s still got something of hers…
Her disposable camera.
So what should he do? Develop the film? Or forget about her?
He develops the film. Of course he does. And he looks at her photos.
And that’s when he spots something very unusual indeed…
It’s a nerve-wracking time, but so far the response has been great. Working Title have bought the film rights, and so far 15 countries around the world will be publishing their own Charlotte Streets in the coming months.
I really hope you like it, if you read it. And – y’know – don’t be afraid to tell yer mates…
You can grab a copy, if you like, by clicking here…
“A delightful debut. The combination of Dickensian plot twists and Hornbyesque humor and hope makes for a thoroughly entertaining read” – Publisher’s Weekly (USA)
“… has a distinctively cheeky, occasionally geeky, brand of charm” – Chicago Tribune
“Required reading” – New York Post
“A remarkable debut” – Philadelphia Examiner
“Mr. Wallace proves with this first novel that you can open the fridge and make something new…” – New York Times
“Brilliantly funny… A bit like Amelie but British. And funny.” – Daily Mail
“A modern, urban classic” – WeLoveThisBook.com
“Brilliantly-conceived, funny and moving. *****” – Henry Sutton, The Mirror
“One of the year’s coolest must-reads” – Stylist
“We loved this funny romance with a twist. ****” – Closer
“Brilliantly witty! *****” – Star magazine
***** – The Bookseller
“My tip for 2012′s runaway success, with a very clever twist on the age-old story of boy meets girl… David Nicholls better watch out!” – The Mirror
“A delight… this year’s One Day” – Net-a-Porter
**** – Heat
“Funny and insightful” – Daily Record
“Like a tincture for sore minds. Captivating… certain to make you feel better about life” – ShortList
“A very realistic and heart-warming story, made brilliantly funny by dry pop culture references” – Press Association
“Unmissable” – Cosmopolitan
“Bloke Lit of the highest order” – Londonist
“Wallace does a masterly job of transforming characters in an arrested state of development into heroic defenders of authentic experience.” – The Library Journal, USA
… the Xfm Breakfast Show… Funniest Radio Show 2012.
Thanks so much if you voted! We’re properly thrilled!
Added in May
I’m really, really pleased to say I’ve just been nominated for the Presenter of the Year Award for the 2012 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. Proper honour.
Added in April
PLUS – NEW! – in our first six months on air, we’re proud to have been nominated for THREE Sony Radio Academy Awards… two for our all-live Naked Breakfast show, and one – which we love! – for QuizFace!
So it’s been a few months and things are going well on the Breakfast Show. And we just completed a radio first on the show… all in aid of WarChild.
A 100% Live Show – nothing pre-recorded, no buttons to push, no safety net… just LIVE music, LIVE guests, a LIVE audience, LIVE jingles, LIVE music beds and even LIVE ads!
We took over the legendary Shepherd’s Bush Empire and our line-up was amazing: Stereophonics as my house band, Paul Weller playing brand new material, Miles Kane, Tim Wheeler & Emmy the Great, Smith & Burrows, the awesome Tim Minchin and the wonderful Ross Noble… plus QuizFace: Live.
If you heard it and liked it, feel free to donate to WarChild at xfm.co.uk — and listen out for the unedited podcast and the repeat on Christmas Day at 3pm!