A beginning and the end
So, as promised, a brief report on the local launch of Grosse Fugue at Waterstones Hampstead last Thursday.
Of course, I have nothing to judge it against and am wary of the plaudits of a sympathetic audience. But, suffice to say, the general verdict was very positive. My publishers were happy with the smoothness of the operation and both they and Waterstones were pleased with the number of copies sold and the genial atmosphere. My speech seemed to go down well and, believe it or not, there’s now a video of it up on YouTube. Those of a nervous disposition are advised to give it a miss.
The bookshop is a tremendous space, on two levels (it used to be a Woolworths aeons ago). We had the upper floor, surrounded by books and much goodwill. The posters in the window and around the shop and the invitations all added to the branding and sense of occasion. APP decided astutely against any reading (just as well considering that, …