Having completed the proofs for Eminent Parliamentarians, the past few days have been given over to completing the manuscript for the second edition of Parliament in British Politics. I have been working on it for some time: it has required extensive re-working, given all that has happened since the first edition was published in 2005. Preparing a new edition of a book can sometimes be almost as time-consuming as writing a new one, though one does not get quite so much credit as for a brand new book.
The good news is that the manuscript is now complete. I have been devoting some time to checking it: however many times one engages in proof reading, one usually discovers typographical or other errors. (And when a book is published, the first thing an author usually sees straight away is the typo that got overlooked!) Anyway, I now have the final product.
Now that is out of the way, I have to complete my chapters for the new edition – the eighth – of Politics UK. Most have been drafted and I just have the chapter on the House of Commons – which is also the most substantial of mine – to revise. So far I am on schedule. The challenge is to get the bulk of it done before the start of the new semester – which begins next Monday. Back to the keyboard….