6 August 201010 August 2010 Main Posts Failed novels Georgia Claire So last month the girlfriend and I went to see Christopher Hitchens talk about his new book of memoirs. I’m not really into memoir so probably missed out on some of what he said, however, did get one real gem out of the evening. Among other things, he and school friends – and later, other friends, including Salman Rushdie – used to play a game of inventing titles of books that didn’t quite make it. The favored example given was Mr Gatsby. This has of course inspired us to come up with as many failed book titles as we can. I’ve started with the following: Alice in an Interesting Place The Conjuror of Oz The Moderately Well Known Five Diary of a Prostitute Anne of the Green Roof (and the sequel, Anne from a Small Town) The Manipulative Mr Ripley The Unconcluded Novel Older Girls American Lunatic A Long While Alone The challenge is to guess all of the above titles – and come up with more failed novels. Georgia Claire More by Georgia Claire Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?