Playing the title game again. Reading Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog. She has great titles, confident, quirky, intriguing, just like her books. I think her titles have got better and better - Emotionally Weird was a great book but the title didn't grab. By the same token, I've never read: A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time because the title simply puts me off. On the other hand, some titles almost are into pathetic fallacy territory - Jane Eyre - the choice of Eyre is just so wistful and mysterious, and Wuthering Heights. Good old Brontes.
So why can't I find a title? The title has got to sum up the essence of the book. The King's Speech (great film, great title) in itself is pretty dull, but 'king' is evocative and of course the pun in speech is perfect. I want to be snappy and suggest period and mystery. Ho hum. I have a feeling there's a title peering at me just below the surface.
Watch this space.