When did 'Win Lose or Die' come out in the UK?
Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:23 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:51 PM
Copyright © Glidrose Publications Ltd. 19XX
First published in Great Britain in 19XX by...
Coronet early export edition 19XX [same year for all three]
For WIN, LOSE OR DIE it reads:
Copyright © Glidrose Publications Ltd. 1989
First published in Great Britain in 1989 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
Coronet early export edition 1990
My impression always was the early export editions generally hit the shelves with the hardback copies in UK, so 1990 could be true here. That said I'm not sure if I picked up that book in January 1990. Can't really remember when I got it. It could have been January but...
Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:58 PM
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:02 PM
Britain's Private Eye magazine reviewed it on 4 August 1989.
I asked a Canadian. He said he definitely got his Hodder edition copy in 1989 because he remembers he bought it at the bookstore around the corner from where he lived. He moved out in either October or November 1989. He still has the sales receipt but the date has faded. (roll eyes) Moreover he said that the US FSS hardcover and the ROH paperback snuck their way into Canada because of publishing lags. He doesn't remember seeing the US hardcover or he would have bought that instead.
He also forwarded me this:
1.Gardner, J. Win, Lose Or Die // Review
Winnipeg Free Press; Winnipeg, Man. (0828-1785)
Oct 7, 1989. p.26
Source: Canadian Newsstand
2.Gardner, J. Win, Lose Or Die // Review
The Globe and Mail (Index-only) (0319-0714)
Source: CBCA Complete (Canadian Business & Current Affairs)
Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:53 PM
Excellent. Thank you, Glidrose. Based on the fact that it was reviewed in The Globe and Mail, it looks like it did come out in the UK in July 89 as planned.
Glad to have been of assistance.
The Globe and Mail is Canadian. Unless somebody checks the GaM review then we don't know which edition they reviewed.
I think it's more telling that Private Eye reviewed it. No publisher would dare send them an advance copy. The reviewer would have had to purchase the book himself.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:01 PM
Unless of course the review copies went out as normal but the general release date was put back.
By this stage I don't think the publishers bothered to issue review copies unless a publication specifically asked for one.
I trust Panos on this one. The book was in stores in July.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:21 PM
I believe I've seen US review copies of WLD. Not sure I've ever seen a UK one. Of course the U.S. edition was out in July, so the book was available that way.
Yes, if Panos say he got the UK edition in July, then it came out in July. I was looking for someone with a specific memory of buying the book.