IN PUBLISHING the end of the world is always upon us. When Allen Lane created the paperback novel there were fears that writing would suffer. When sales of ebooks began to rise readers wondered whether bookshops would survive. And with the advent of social media even the way fiction is written has begun to change. Roddy Doyle’s latest work, Two Pints, marks a watershed in publishing, for it is, to the best of my knowledge, the first book to be written entirely on Facebook before publication.
Over 18 months Doyle used the social network as a home for a series of conversations between two middle-aged men, perched at a bar, analysing the news of the day and attempting to make sense of it.