It weighs 493 grams. That's nearly half a kilogram! This Australian edition is 362 pages long, all of them tweaked and typographically beautified by mine own man Steven Dunbar.
The cover artist is Ruud van Empel, and the cover design by Greendot Design. The cover quotes are from Neil Gaiman and Gary K. Wolfe. Inside, to start with, there are 3 pages of assorted quotes, for the novel and two of the collections. It has acknowledgments and a dedication and all the equipment.
The last novel I had published was half the length of this one, in 1996. I can't tell you the number of emotions that ran through me as I took this book out of the padded postbag. And here they are, the whole crew, Muddy Annie and Bullock Oxman and Teasel Wurlidge and all the bears and those three puzzled women at the centre of the tale, all still alive in between the gorgeous matte covers.
'A long-awaited novel', it says on the back. Oh, yes, indeed.