As many of you will be aware I am hosting another Mary Hocking reading week – in an attempt once again to raise the profile of this unjustifiably forgotten writer. I know I have blogged about this before, but this post is by way of a sign up post if you will – let me know if you are hoping to join me in about five weeks’ time, really the more the merrier.
I am aware that Mary Hocking books can be hard to get – so if you are unable to get a Hocking novel to read that week there may still ways you can join in Mary Hocking reading week. Ultimately it would be fabulous if someone decided to re-issue her novel, maybe that does seem like an unrealistic goal, in a crowded publishing market, but I live in hope. If like me, you would like to see Mary Hocking books made available – then you can assist in creating a buzz about her books, – this is something that ultimately might take a long time – but… from little acorns and all that. There are publishing imprints out there who I think would suit Mary Hocking novels (I have to admit to having sent at least one email – to which I received, probably unsurprisingly, no reply) – perhaps between us we can convince them to take a look at books I suspect have been forgotten and even turfed out of our local libraries. This is what social media was made for after all, if you are a Twitter user use the hashtag #rememberMaryHocking – and get talking about her books.
Still, and more importantly of course I do hope some of you will be reading Mary Hocking that week. I would love to know what you will be reading. I have just finished a Mary Hocking novel; March House (1981) – which I will review early next week I should think, and I hope to read a couple of other novels around the week of 1st-7th June. I will possibly be reading A Time of War (1968) and possibly its sequel The Hopeful Traveller (1970).
Two exciting links for you – (ok so maybe it’s just me that thinks they’re exciting). A few weeks ago a friend of mine on Facebook – wrote and had accepted a Wikipedia page for Mary Hocking (thank you Nick!) I do think this will help a little – previously anyone searching for Mary Hocking would come up with very little information – links mainly to Goodreads or Librarything books. Since the Wiki page went live – I have found that the google search results for Mary Hocking seem more useful – maybe that is just my imagination. Something else that I can share with you is a brand new Mary Hocking readers group on Facebook – (I seem to spend more time in the groups on Facebook these days that on proper Facebook) – it’s an open group, still small but we welcome more Hocking enthusiasts.
Please help me #rememberMaryHocking the first week of June. During the week itself and afterwards you can post links to any of your own reviews or blog posts about Mary Hocking in the comments here- I don’t want to miss anything.