My Icerocket self-search (admit it, we all do it), led me to this marvellous project. The Invisible Library is a collection of books that don’t exist, except in the pages of other books. It is physically manifesting at the Tenderpixel Library in London, but will resume invisibility after 12 July.
The Library catalog includes Unburnt Boats by JG Quiggin, a book that is not only fictional but, for a long time imaginary, even in its own fictional universe, that of Anthony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time
. As the narrator, Nick Jenkins observes of the author (part of this quote, which I’m reproducing from memory, graces the testimonial section of my sidebar)
I long believed Quiggin to be one of the hardest working men I knew. But I gradually came to realise that his work was to be talked about rather than done, and that his chief delight was drinking cups of coffee at odd hours
It is perhaps Quigginesque, that I am writing about a book about a non-existent book by a fictional namesake, when I should be writing the book I have just announced.