Born on the evening of Thursday 26th, in fact, but haven’t really had a moment to make a post until now. 5 gruelling hours of labour but, you know, with my wife there to rub my back and whisper encouragements I made it through with just the gas and air. That makes three, and I think that’ll be all, thank you very much…
In case you’re wondering, Lascelles was my Great Grandfather’s name. He was an academic, critic, poet, close friend of Rupert Brooke, was the first name on the list of people to be immediately arrested in the event of a Nazi occupation of Britain (an alphabetical thing), and was once challenged to a duel by Ezra Pound, apparently. Since he received the challenge, he had the right to choose weapons, and suggested that they bombard each other with unsold copies of their books. Which would have given Lascelles a decided advantage in quantity of ammunition.
I like the way he already seems to be viewing the world with a slightly ironical raised eyebrow, as if to say, ‘I daresay writing speed will suffer for the next few weeks, father. If not to say decades.’
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Congrats to you and your wife Joe. Edward has the bearing of a true Hero.
Congratulations, Joe! I’m glad to hear your wife was supportive through your trials and tribulations.
Also, the boy has quite a legacy! Your great grandfather sounds almost as cool as you!
Oh no, it’s multiplying right before my eyes! Run for your lives if you hold them dear!
Grats, mon. Happy to see the little one is already planning his first book, perhaps to continue his father’s work? Only time will tell…
Congratulations Joe & Lou! Awesome 🙂
Congrats to Joe and Lady Abercrombie.
Beautiful baby. Must have got his looks from his mother:)
Sir, I bid you the heartiest of congratulations, from myself (a dedicated fan) and from Kit and Kim, your Australian friends and my downstairs neighbours.
Awww. Congratulations to you and your wife!
Pffft, writing delayed? He’ll probably sit on your lap in no time and help you write so everything will go twice as fast.
Congratulations to you both. Love the look he gives the camera 🙂
Congrats to you both!
Congrats, man. My own son was born little over eight weeks ago and it’s been amazing; I hope it’s just as good for you as well.
Congratulations. He even gives the ‘WTF’ eye like you do.
Nice one Joe 🙂 Congrats to you and your wife.
BTW, reviewed The Heroes on my blog if you’re interested.
Congrats…. I expect he has his mothers good looks and his fathers storytelling genius.
So your writing is going to get even more bitter and caustic now that you will be getting no sleep? 🙂 Congrats to you and your family
Ahhh. Congratulations to you and your wife, Joe! What a wonderful name he has too 🙂
Congratulations! What a handsome chap, with an awesome middle name. My very best regards to you and Lou.
Congratulations to you and your family Joe.
Congratulations Joe! Glad to hear that you are procreating.
Mazel tov! He’s a cutie!
Congratulations to you and your wife!
What a beautiful baby boy. Best wishes for good health and happiness to you and your family. Adorable photos. Thanks!
Congratulations to you and your kin!
FIRST to be arrested by the Nazis. Now that, my friend, is a badge of honour.
Congratulations. You’ve done a man’s job, sir!
Not to belabor the point (pun intended) but CONGRATULATIONS!!
There’s a thing called Shaken Baby Syndrome that people get all upset about. Personally, I think you have to give them a good shake or else they won’t bake uniformly.
Aw Joe … ‘Grats (to you & your family) on the new addition….
Congrates Joe, so you’re now not only nursing a new book but also a baby!
Huzzah! Congratulations! Good looking kid! And I think you are right! He has quite the look in his eyes!
Did your great grandfather happen to spend any time as the Champion of the Castle of the Plucked Eye and Heart?
Your baby looks like Winston Churchill!
Congratulations to you all bud.
Aww Congratulations. He is beautiful! 5 hours of labor isn’t bad, your wife must be in good shape. Kudos to her! Hope all is good and that he eats and sleeps well
Sorry to break the momentum, but this is just too funny! The person on the left looks EXACTLY like Joe!
Congratulations Joe! Lovely pics as well.
Beautiful, beautiful boy, congrats.
Congrats from down south,may he be thrice-blessed and much better looking than his father!
Congratulations to the Abercrombies! made me go all gooey . . . but no, 3 sounds like plenty and I’ll stop at 2, for now.
He’s got quite a heritage, let’s hope he inherits his dad’s talent as well as his looks.
Congratulations to you and Mrs A. Good luck with that thing you will fondly remember as sleep!
Aww, he’s cute. Congratulations to you and your family.
HUGE congratulations Joe and Mrs A! What a gawjus little chappie he is! I want to put tiny booties and tiny hats on him!
Well done to you and Mrs A! He’s a beaut!
Congratulations to you both! What sleep deprivation will do to your (fantastically and spectacularly) sordid writing will be a very interesting process to follow. 🙂
So you didn’t fancy Edward Logen Abercrombie…
Aw, Joe, he’s lovely. Congratulations!
Can’t believe you couldn’t talk the lady into naming him Logan! He looks like a little barbarian! Cute though!
Happy for you and yours.
Well done – I think he looks like Pete Postlethwaite!
Lol. I love that picture with the raised eyebrow. Cute baby. Congrats Joe!
Congrats on the birth of your child! They are a blessing. In fact, I was well on my way to becoming a best-selling author until I was blessed… twice! Well, it’s been a good ride, right?
I am just kidding; they are truly a blessing. It is my unfortunate lack of talent that prevents me from writing anything more entertaining than my name!
Again, congrats and good luck!
Good work Joe and Mrs. Joe. Congratulations!