On the Sunday while waiting on my daughter. Cthella, to make her appearance, I was struck with a flash of inspiration, and the 101 Club was born.
I came up with the idea to get as close to 101 reviewers to each review one story from the book, then post the reviews in a random order to fit in with the concept of the book.
I was keen to get as many people who attended the launch to be a part of this so when I got home, I looked through my photos and started contacting as many of the people that I recognised. Everyone I contacted loved the idea and jumped on board. I decided to go for a random approach as to how the stories were shared out. Apart from a handful of stories which were either published by specific publishers or as was the case of Alison Littlewood who appeared in one of the stories the reviews were handed out in a random selection process
Six months later, after countless hours of emails, formatting the reviews and figuring out how to present the reviews, we had an article that spanned 23,000 words of pure unadulterated love for Mr. Shearman.
I want to express a huge thank you to Rob for getting behind the project, to Penny Jones for all of the help breaking the massive master doc into individual stories and to Steve J Shaw for creating a spreadsheet robust enough keep track of this enormous project, and to every single member of the 101 Club for their fantastic reviews. Without their help, this project would never have seen the light day.