Happy 53rd birthday, Melvin Burgess. I don’t normally keep track of authors’ birthdays for the simple reason I don’t know when they are. Melvin’s was listed in the Guardian today, but usually my kind of author doesn’t seem to rate in birthday lists. I can only assume newspapers find authors so much less interesting than all the other “famous” people they list instead.
I recently worked out the birthday of Adele Geras, from the clues in her latest newsletter. And that was only because I really wanted to know. But when I think of it, I know lots of things about some of “my” authors, home address, family members, etc, but hardly ever birthdays. Feel free to tell me!
Or perhaps it’s just a Guardian anti bookwitch thing, as my most favourite singer, who IS famous, doesn’t get a mention either.