I returned home from a book signing for The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy at Borders in Bristol about three hours ago, after a very productive five hours of exposing the good people of the city to all things Guppy. The store has a really laid back and friendly atmosphere and the staff are lovely (big thanks to Ed for organising the event). It's located in a lovely part of Bristol, not far from the city museum, and there's a very cosmopolitan air about the place. I had a great time, met a lot of lovely people, and heard a lot of funny nightmare neighbour stories.
They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Well, they're wrong. Remember the psychiatrist who attempted a full psychological analysis of me whilst I was signing books at Waterstone's in Bristol. No? Click here to find out all about him. Anyway, he came to speak to me again. The subject of the conversation? The skeleton on the cover of the book... again. Apparently, if people find it offensive I should remove it. As he's the only person who's ever expressed any concern about it, I favour smacking the offended parties over the head with a (concrete?) kipper instead... but that's just me.
Favourite comment of the day: 'Surely you have no trouble selling your books with those beautiful eyes.' Ah, flattery, it gets you everywhere... well, almost as far as a wad of cash or free books.
Strangest comment of the day: 'Are there gnomes in your book?'
Most intriguing comment of the day: 'I almost wrote a book once, but the electricity got cut off.'
Favourite nightmare neighbour tale of the day: The one about the elderly neighbour who used to stuff incredibly long spicy sausages through his neighbour's letterbox. He had them shipped in from Poland especially for the purpose and only gave up doing it when his Polish aunt died and no other relative would take on the task of sending him his regular sausage shipment. It takes all sorts to make a world!
Most often heard comment of my entire life: 'They say that everyone has one book in them.'