Wednesday, 31 October 2012
It doesn't get any better than this... Took my kids to Southend for a day trip and found my book The Joy of Essex is on the front table at Southend Waterstones above Nanny Pat, Sam Faiers, the Secret Footballer, Peter Ackroyd, and the Sugar Girls. Result. And a nice new cafe at the end of the Pier too - all modernistic and warm, our tea and hot chocolate 1.33 miles out to sea was followed by a great orange sunset and a giant harvest Moon over Southend...
Monday, 29 October 2012
The Joy of Essex, managing to bring in Islanders chip shop in Canvey Island, tea dances in Saffron Walden, Paul Simon writing Homeward Bound about returning to Brentwood, the Basilwood sign on the A127 and the Roman arch in Colchester. Then took a taxi with a cabbie from Hornchurch to sell books at the Newham Bookshop stall at Goldsmith's Row in Hackney, near the Columbia Road flower market. Mentioning "Are you from Essex" or "Do you know anyone from Essex?" brought an interesting response from the flower market crowd. Bemusement from Swedish and Danish tourists, a look of horror from arty types and a clamour to buy the book from a Dr Feelgood fan from Barking and David from Chigwell whose daughter recently spotted Spurs' manager AVB in Sheesh. Should hit the target readership next Saturday, as there's a signing at the Newham Bookshop from 3.30pm before the West Ham versus Manchester City game.
Friday, 19 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
My new book The Joy of Essex is published on Oct 30. Featuring my epic climb to the top of the Basildon Hollywood-style sign on the A127, an exploration of Bas Vegas, Lucy off Towie in her boutique, bovine attacks in Canvey Island, Henry Moore and Mr Drew in Harlow, lashings of Tiptree jam, the not very secret anymore nuclear bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, Ken Dodd in Clacton, the first pub in Frinton, Roman arches in Colchester, the most dangerous alley in Romford, Stanford-no-Hope, Phill Jupitus getting wistful about sunshine on Leigh and much much more...