Sometimes it's just too busy to blog. Especially when you don't have a computer in front of you all day, and there are other things to consider like customers and that. So apologies AGAIN for not being more regular (if you'll pardon the expression), but here is the last week.
I had a lovely day with my Mum, who came down to Londinium town to see us.
Tuesday and Wednesday;
I was at the Middlesex University Literary Festival, manning (manfully) the bookstall
The wonderful venue.
(photo by Heywood Beacon).
Me selling books to people buying books.
Star speaker Iain Banks entertains the crowd. A very wonderful guest, who read the prologue of his new book, and answered all the questions that the audience threw at him.
This was a cracking festival with plenty of wonderful authors speaking, including Toby Litt, Jean Ure, Sophie Parkin, Amanda Brookfield, Susan Johnson, Angela Young and loads more.
Hopefully we'll be invited back next year.
Tania Glyde came to the shop to answer questions and read from her book 'Cleaning Up'. It's the story of Tania's drink and drug fuelled life and how she finally saved herself. She writes with an immense amount of honesty and humour, despite the fact that it's abook about how she saved her life. She was 'in conversation' with the silky smooth Piers Gibbon, who kept us entertained as well as asking some pretty awkward questions.
Piers, in a David Dimbleby style points to the next questioner.
I'm off work again, looking after Freya, as Katie spent the day in Brighton getting a hot stone massage. Oh yeah, she does this every Friday... Well, maybe every Friday 3rd April.
Tonight in the shop, local artist Paul Day is showing a retrospecive of his work. Here's a couple of shots of his work
theres plenty more where that came from too....
OK, so we're up to date.
but here's a couple of other things too.
This man is not Ossie Ardiles or (as the hair might suggest) Steve Perryman. It is, in fact Darren Shan, the king of kids horror. We did a bookstall for him at White Hart Lane recently and the 150 kids who turned up absolutely loved it. Thanks Dazza.
Here are the family and friends of Betty Jones, whose book For All My Life was launched at the shop last Saturday. A really wonderful and celebratory evening.
OK. That'll do for now...
apart from saying that despite my dreadful horse tipping (which hasn't been THAT bad recently) stick a bit each way on Golden Flight in tomorrow's Grand National. The Nicky Henderson/ Barry Geraghty combination has been incredible recently, and at 66/1 you can go wrong. Monster monster.