While we wait for publication of the Kindle edition which should be by the end of next week, here are details of two book signings at the launch and close of the Poppy Appeal fortnight 2018, the centenary of the Armistice ending World War I. Both events, team efforts as you will see below, generated useful funds and publicity for the Royal British Legion's work.
Macclesfield Visitor and Information Centre 27 October 2018
It was an honour to have the Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Adam Schofield, open the book launch on behalf of the Legion, one of his chosen charities for 2018.
I was equally grateful to Karen Connon and her colleagues at the Visitor Centre for help and support with setting it all up. Very hard work!
I used an old sheet and a tatty bin liner for the backdrop of a stark Western Front scene with a poppy rising above the blackness to emulate - although it could never match it in any way - the incomparable trench art of the soldiers who were there.
Bollington Library Writing Group leader, Nik Perring on my right, wrote the Introduction and came to my rescue with a few more words about the book - public speaking is not one of my attributes. On my left, is the then President of the Macclesfield branch of the Legion, Len Johnson, who wrote the Foreword. A World War II veteran in his nineties now but still going strong, he is the embodiment of the Legion's motto:
Service Not Self.
Next on my left is Adam Schofield, our Mayor (see above). A big thank you to him for greeting me with 'Hi!' so I knew I could abandon with a sigh of relief the complex protocol I'd mugged up of how to welcome and address a Mayor.
And finally, another big thank you to fellow writing group members for their support, especially Barbara Challenger for the photographs and going out to get me a cheese and celery sandwich.
Bollington Library 9 November 2018 two days before Remembrance Sunday
This second event attracted people who couldn't make it to the first event or hadn't heard about until later, and the library's usual customers.
Many thanks to the staff of our small branch library for their friendly, professional help with the book research, taking this photo beforehand, and help with running this website until I'd got the hang of it after my daughter had set it up before moving down south.
I'll post details of the Kindle edition as soon as it is published.
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).