Andy Hamilton on writing in Longhand
On The Writing Life podcast

Andy Hamilton is a comedian, game show panellist, television director, comedy screenwriter, radio dramatist, novelist and actor and you have probably seen and/or heard him on Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, QI or I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He’s written for television shows including Drop the Dead Donkey and Outnumbered and is currently working on Kate & Koji for ITV with regular writing partner Guy Jenkin.

Simon talks to Andy about his novels, specifically his latest Longhand, which is an especially unique book in that the entire thing is handwritten, perfectly reproducing Andy’s original longhand manuscript. The story is of Malcolm George Galbraith, a Scotsman who is writing a letter to his wife – hence the longhand – to explain why he has to leave and never return. The explanation involves a vast, surprising, moving and funny dive into mythology.

Simon chats with Andy about finding a publisher who was willing to reproduce his handwriting, how the unusual form supports and enhances the story being told and why it’s probably a one-off.

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