I already knew the entire run of The Chalk Garden
at the Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden was a sell-out but perhaps they were fibbing?
They weren't so I joined the returns queue for the afternoon matinee and stood (yes stood, my poor feet) for an hour waiting.
Would God look down on his kindly, good and faithful yet lapsed servant ?
Six tickets were returned and, you guessed it, I was seventh in the queue.
Divine retribution for not forking out the £10 for St Paul's and now I'm even more determined to stay lapsed Anglican.
By this time I'd gone right off Covent Garden so I had an amble around Islington and Camden Passage and then headed off for my final hour pre-train which is always spent in Waterstone's in Piccadilly. God clearly hadn't finished with me, the heavens opened and as I sloshed in the door of that lovely old Simpsons building, bedraggled and with a tidemark of water rising slowly up my trouser legs, I walked right into an immaculately suited, tanned and coiffed Julian Clary and dog Valerie doing a book signing (Julian not the dog that is). I decisively nudged my dripping self into the ranks of heavily armed press photographers shouting 'This way Julian' ...' Pretend to sign the book Julian' ' Smile Valerie' to grab that all-important picture for my readers. Sorry about the ghostly five-legged Valerie pic, never work with animals, that dog would not keep still.
Julian's first novel Murder Most Fab now out in paperback, the cover's pink and I didn't buy one.
train journey West, not a sign of Family Hooray as I headed into the setting sun, and now we just have to
wait for The Observer on Sunday July 13th to see what all the fuss is
about. Oddly the very day of the dovegreyreader event at Dartington that I know at least two people are coming to.
Will my worst fears be confirmed?
Did I look a complete idiot leaning against the wall of the Tate Modern? Did I remember to stand in that way you must to conceal chins?
What exactly did I say in the interview with Jay Rayner, or more pertinently what does Jay Rayner think I said to him ?
Shall I just hold those thoughts on his book for a while longer?