Ok, it was all in my mind but so is everything else. Perhaps I fainted, I don’t know. I didn’t fall down but it was a Road-to-Damascus kind of thing. A girl of twelve or thirteen and her mother approached as I stood there. ‘That man has an erection,’ said the girl.
‘Nonsense,’ said the mother as they moved on. ‘It’s probably his iPod.’
from My Tango With Barbara Strozzi
Bloomsbury, London (2007), page 4.
Extracted from Mr Hoban’s most recent novel and dropped on 4 February 2008 in celebration of his eighty-third birthday.