Monday, 17 September 2012

UK Book Launch - Wed 12th Sept

At last the official UK launch of Long Road, Hard Lessons came around.  Martin Latham of Waterstones, to whom I am eternally grateful, told me to invite as many as I liked "It holds over a hundred – you'll never fill the place."  Some of us non-celebrities have dedicated friends.  People came down from London.  Alex even came from Spain and Rob from Bristol.  I was sure I talked for too long (as always) but if I did, people were too kind not to contradict my worried enquiries afterwards.

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come and to be part of a very enjoyable evening - even for me.






I'm hoping to do a London launch as well as some talks in other branches of Waterstones around the country, so if you couldn't make Canterbury don't worry, I won't let you off the hook that easily!


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Kerryman Newspaper Article 10.09.12

Following the Irish book launch in Dingle, Marian O'Flaherty's article for The Kerryman was published yesterday morning.  She's made a nice job of it.  So many articles that have appeared in the press since we started the trip have been inaccurate – sometimes amusing (Lorna being Japanese), other times not (no, Sam & I were not holed up in a Moroccan brothel pretending to be on a bike trip) – Marian has captured it well in her piece.  Have a read.

http://www.kerryman.ie/local-notes/from-here-to-tokyo-nothing-looks-better-than-west-kerry-3224035.html

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ireland Book Launch – Dingle

Thanks to all those who attended the official Irish launch of 'Long Road, Hard Lessons.'  It was a memorable event all round, with creamy black pints lined up on the counter of Curran's Bar in Main Street, Dingle – one of Ireland's few remaining genuine hardware-store-cum-bars.  Despite the ultra-short planning time (2 days!), with the help of Colm Bambury and the enthusiasm of many local friends, it all went off smoothly.  Here's hoping we can create something approaching the same positive atmosphere at the UK Launch in Waterstones Bookshop, Canterbury (St Margaret's Street) at 6:30pm on Wednesday 12th, without the black stuff!
Newspaper article in today's copy of The Kerryman. Link to on-line version to follow on Monday.