So. Here it is. This is the announcement. Above is the cover of my new book, my first collection. It’s called Not So Perfect and I’m really, really, really excited about it.

The book itself, because it’s published by Roast Books, will be a little bit different. Beautifully different. It’s going to be square. A perfectly square book.

There will be 22 short, short stories inside it.

But that’s not all. Oh no.

There will be illustrations as well. I’ve seen them. They’re wonderful. (I was reading a proof of it in public a little while ago and a stranger asked me if I was reading Kurt Vonnegut. That made me happy.)

And because I’m not particularly good at blowing my own trumpet, here’s what a couple of people whose work I LOVE have said about it.

‘In Not So Perfect, Nik Perring pinpoints those moments in his characters’ lives that everyone experiences, the points at which we all spit fire, we fade into nothingness, that instance we’ve all found ourselves lobbing grenades at defenseless farmers. While these notions are ridiculously fantastic, Perring’s smooth style makes them all seem real, as much a part of us as sitting in the garden and having tea. Perring is a writer whose talent expands beyond his word count in this intriguing debut.’

‘An unforgettable assortment of wonky connections that glitter with truthfulness, that spill out ache, that make me nod my head and whisper, yes.’

And go on, one more.

‘Nik Perring’s moving and imaginative flash fictions capture whole lives in just a glimpse, a character, a snatch of dialogue, and a few perfectly chosen details. These short, short stories are so full of life.’

It will be published on June 2nd. And you can pre-order it from Amazon now.