They're here at last... I drove back from the UK early yesterday morning, my old Golf weighed down with twelve boxes of Tout Soul for my French signings, the wing mirror held together with FRAGILE tape following an altercation with a pillar in London.
Over ten people worked on the production of Tout Soul and I'd like to thank them all, but there are two people in particular, to whom I'd like to say a very big 'merci'.
The first is Andy Robert Davies for the wonderful cover illustration. Andy – who has pretty much cornered the market in French illustrations – now also does the artwork to accompany my regular column in Living France magazine.
The second is Geoff Fisher of CPI Books, who has put up with my irritatingly perfectionist ways and endless questions for the past six months – and remained calm, unflappable and thoroughly charming throughout. I'm sure that he is greatly relieved that he is no longer fielding a dozen missives a day from me.
All I can say is: Thank you, Geoff. And I don't want to panic you or anything, but it won't be long before I'm knocking on your door with the next one. (I should also mention that CPI delivered ahead of schedule on everything – proof/press preview copies, e-book conversion and the final print run.)
I'd also like to thank everyone who has emailed me, tweeted or commented on my blog in the past week. Extra enormous thanks to those who read Tout Soul on their Kindles at a cracking pace and posted the wonderful, early reviews on Amazon.
And thanks also to the lovely Emma Lee–Potter for doing the first interview and review of Tout Soul on House With No Name.
Meanwhile, Biff has had his hair cut and we are both very excited about next week's events, kicking off with lunch at The Mad Hatter's Kitchen this Sunday, 11th March. Join us for cocktails and get a signed copy of Tout Soul from 12.30 pm onwards.
Forthcoming Book Signings
Sunday 11 March and Sunday 18 March: The Mad Hatter’s Kitchen, Le Breuillac, 79190, Caunay. Tel 05 49 27 67 29. I would like to invite anyone booked in for lunch, to join me for a pre-lunch cocktail and book signing from 12.30 pm onwards.
Monday 12th March, 6.00 pm onwards: book signing at ‘Fish and Chip night’ at Bar Les Tilleuls, Champniers, 86400. Tel 05 49 87 08 99; www.champniersbar.com.
Tuesday 13th March: 10.00 am - 1.00 am book signing at La Grande Galerie, 7 Rue de Temple, 86400, Civray. Tel 05 49 87 73 02 www.grandegaleriefrance.com
Thursday 15th March, 8.00pm: I will be reading from Tout Soul at the Entente Internationale meeting, Lycée les Terres Rouges, Rue Jean Moulin, Civray. Tel 05 49 87 21 28 for information.