Over the weekend, I did my much publicised book signing at the superb WHSmith store in the enormous Centre Court shopping mall, in Wimbledon. I’m delighted to report it was a tremendous success. I won’t tell you how many I sold but all my expectations were exceeded, thanks to all those perceptive customers who showed such interest in the two books I was promoting: ‘Return to Madrid’, my latest, and ‘Expulsion’ my previous one.
And what an interesting range of customers they were! Two ladies from Madrid bought both books, as soon as they saw they were set in Spain. Several people who had bought ‘Expulsion’ at my pre- Christmas signing decided to by ‘Return’ as well. One lady parked her bike outside and came up to chat, saying she had no intention of buying any books. We had quite a discussion full of banter about our respective ages. She said, ‘You’ve cheered me up no end so I have to buy one of your books!’ And she did!
This lady, insisted in having a picture of the two of us, taken by her granddaughter! And this guy is the Lebanese owner of the ‘Cedar’ restaurant in South Wimbledon. I promised him this little bit of publicity if he bought one of my books!
So, many thanks to Samantha, the new manager at WHSmith, Centre Court and her friendly, encouraging staff, for making me feel so welcomed in this flagship store.