whilst painting in a cold garden shed 2008 - 2012 i made extensive notes for the bones of a book. come 2013 i thought i'd written a book but i was wrong. i thought all i had to do was edit and join up the notes. but it didn't work like that.

in october, november and december 2013 the wrong hospital pretty much wrote itself - without reference to notes. notes were used only for the first chapter and for the dream sequence in which the queen of spades rapaciously pursues the prettiest star.

the wrong hospital is a true story. mostly. apart from the bits i made up. and as i've said - it pretty much wrote itself in three short months. with a little help from some shadows and a few paper boats.

and no animals were harmed in the making of this book.

garry gilchrist - january, 2014