So the launch party for Toute Allure was great fun, with friends pitching in to serve the canapes and staff the bar (pictured).
I was particularly delighted that so many of my former line-dancing friends showed up to last night's event. Several of them are in the book and took it in very good humour. Travis made a short film of the launch party, which includes interviews with two of the key characters in the new book. It also includes an interview with me. And if anyone is wondering why I'm looking so shifty/pulling weird facial expressions somewhat akin to Gordon's Browns, it's because I wasn't wearing my contact lenses and everything in the room was looking very blurred. (It had nothing to do with the very strong cocktails, I swear.)
One reader who had access to an early copy declared that Toute Allure 'makes Lady Chatterley's lover read like the Beano.' (I'm not sure that's true but it helped shift a few extra copies on the night.)
There was only one small oversight:
'Haven't you forgotten something?' Wally, owner the Grande Gallerie, called after me as I was leaving. I turned around and, tied to a table leg, saw one desolate little face, looking at me with total disbelief. In my defence, I was very distracted as I was trying to say good-bye to people, but I'm ashamed to say that I was actually about to leave without Biff. And I'm not the only one to forget the poor little chap. As several blog readers have pointed out, Biff does not feature in Travis's video, despite being the star of the book. Quel oversight!