Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Victoria Hislop in my shop? Shurely shome mishtake...

Well I've had an interesting day what with sorting out the MOT and service on the car. A customer in the shop recommended Alba in Hildenborough, who seem to have done a very competent job as far as my untrained eye can see. They even offered to drop me back in Tonbridge and to deliver the car when it was finished. I elected instead for the fold up bike in the boot and ride back into town option since it was a reasonably nice morning, then got a lift there this evening. It did cost well over £250 all in once they'd added in the fully synthetic oil, new wiper blades and other bits and bobs, but they were very nice. I stopped off at the Hildenborough farmers market this morning on my way back from the garage and thought it looked very good, and quite busy, considering it was only about 9-15. Why the heck can't we have a weekly farmers market around the Castle? I wondered to myself as I perused the green veg, mushrooms, bread and cake stalls, plants, fish, butchers, crafts and soaps and other lovelies, what's not to like?! Oh and I've been chatting with local, and becoming famous author, Victoria Hislop about doing a book signing at the next Book Fair in October. She tells me that she went to both Slade Primary School and the Tonbridge Grammar School for girls, so she truely is a local lass. As it turns out she might not be able to come to the fair but she has agreed to come along to Mr. Books Bookshop for an informal book signing and chat next Saturday, May 23 from about 10am to 11am. So if you fancy a signed copy of her highly aclaimed debut novel The Island or her best selling follow up, The Return, you know where to come. Don't tell too many people though as she's asked me to keep it lowish key! Now I've just got figure out where to put all the other books to make room for hers!...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Hislops are locals. Ian and family sat behind me one year at the panto in T Wells. They didn't join in too much with the 'He's behind you', and that surprised me.

Spode said...

Sissinghurst I believe. Maybe you should have shown her the picture I took of her husband while he was sleeping...

http://www.spodesabode.com/discussion/219/ian-hislop-in-sleeping-shocker/

Sunny_Tonny said...

That's quite a coup, well done MrBooks!