Wiffle Lever To Full!

Daleks, Death Stars and Dreamy Sci-Fi Nostalgia…

Never turn down a free launch…

Woah! Cough! Splutter! Crikey! I had a minor asthma attack this morning when my friend Phil e-mailed me the below picture, taken today in the Chichester branch of Waterstones…

Waterstones Wiffle

Yes, it’s Wiffle Lever To Full!, nestling on the Summer promotions table between Stephen King and Terry Pratchett! The official release date remains 24th July, but Waterstones have got their stock, and – dammit – they’re going to sell the hell out of it. That last sentence works best if you read it in the voice of John Wayne.

So there you go… I’m on the shelf. Not for the first time in my life. Both amazing and terrifying to see, though! If anyone else sees any more Wiffle books on display anywhere, then snap a picture and post it here for us all to have a look at. And then we can vote on which bookshop has the nicest stickers and the tidiest display.

And! And! And! News of an official London launch. I’d expected something a bit grotty and low-key (in keeping with the previous 35 years of existance I’ve had on this planet), but NO! The nice Mr Hodder & Mr Stoughton have pulled out the stops again, and we’re having a proper swanky bash at (drum roll…)

The Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR.

6pm-7pm, Wednesday 23rd July.

Then off for drinkies somewhere afterwards, providing I can find a West End pub that serves Workie Ticket on draught. If not, then I’m going home in a huff and I’m taking my unsold books with me.

But come along! There will be readings, murmurings, signings and wafflings, and I’ll draw pictures of anything you like. Providing it’s not spiders or clothes hangers, I have a slight phobia of both. Spiders ON clothes hangers gave me the screaming heebie-jeebies. And we might even have Imperial Stormtroopers serving almond slices and Blue Nun. Who can say?

There are a few of these strange events looming up, so I’ve been amazingly pro-active and made a new blog page entitled ‘READINGS, SIGNINGS AND WAFFLINGS’ (it’s over there, on the right) to keep you posted with these things. I’ll update it in John Wayne’s voice as regularly as possible.

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