Thank you to everyone who came and said hello at Persephone Books yesterday as I sat and made hexagons (above) and enjoyed good talk of books, air filled with the spice of mulled wine, and tiny mince pies and clementines. I managed two visits to Sid's and had the type of excellent eggs, chips and beans and large tea that sets you to rights on a cold day. (We also shared a more sophisicated avocado, tomato and cream cheese toastie from Sid's with a glass a Madeira when we reached that moment at dusk when a little fortification is required).
I was particularly touched by readers who said really lovely things about my books, especially The Gentle Art of Domesticity. It is an amazing thing to be told that a book you have written has changed someone's life. It's one of those things I'd do well to remember more often, so thank you for taking the trouble to tell me. Days like this also remind me that I am very fortunate to have a wonderful group of book and blog readers who are interesting and positive, and so very nice in person.
While I'm on a bookish theme, I'm pleased to say that The Gentle Art of Domesticity is going to be republished as an ebook early in 2014. And I'm working away on the material for the book many people discussed with me yesterday, the one I've been thinking of for a while, the one it turns out many of you would like to read. So that's all good, as they say.