This morning, task number 16 became the twenty-fourth tick on the list, when I saw “one of my books on sale in a high street book shop”. The book in question is my latest BearManor Publication, Desperately Seeking Marie Prevost, and the shop is the Middlesbrough branch of none other than Waterstone’s—situated on Newport Crescent if [shameless plug alert] you want to pop along and purchase a copy.
For the record, the task said “high street book shop”, but as far as I’m concerned, a few copies of my recent Hollywood bio are now standing proudly in the local author section of la crème de la crème of that particular kind of store—maybe even la crème de la crème de la Frances de la Tour—and I’m thrilled to bits!
Obviously I needed plenty of help and support for this to happen—although there was a very real temptation to rush in, lob the books on the nearest shelf, take a quick photo and leg it back out again—and I am indebted to the branch manager Jen Wytcherley for agreeing not only to display the book, but as I understand it, to also promote the challenge at some point during the week.
When Jen told me her surname, I couldn’t resist dipping into my trivia pot to mention the late rock ‘n’ roller Billy Fury, whose real name certainly sounded the same. Sadly, on checking, Billy was born Ronald Wycherley, so the names aren’t spelt the same... and I should therefore have kept my mouth shut! I’ll learn one day...
I’m intending to visit the shop again on Saturday to take another couple of pictures alongside the poster that Jen is so kindly going to prepare, but I’m including the photo taken this morning because my head is being shaved on Wednesday and I thought you might appreciate the “silver fox” look rather than the Phil Mitchell. (Just so you know Jen, I’m going to try and persuade you to join me in the photo on Saturday, so you’ve only got five days to book the morning off!!)
Anyway in a little over two hours time, I will be heading to Brothers in Ink for... actually I’ll let you guess why. More photos will follow, but for now, I just want to say a big “thank you” to Jen for enabling this ageing writer to turn a hope into a reality.