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There’s not much to tell you about the progress towards publication of “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat”, as I am waiting for my big box of books to arrive from America so that I can distribute them to shops and reviewers by 31 October – the Big Day.  But I forgot to tell you about something else terrifically exciting!

A couple of weekends ago it was Alumni Weekend here in Cambridge – an annual event when ex-students come back to the city for lectures, tours, events and reunions.  It’s quite a shindig.  And local shops try to mark the occasion in order to draw in the crowds.  A friend came to stay with me, so that we could go to an event at our old college, and as we were taking a nostalgic walk around town we passed Heffers, the university bookshop.  “Oh look,” said my friend casually, “Isn’t that your book in the window?”  And it was!

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Well, you can imagine the squeals of delight!  Apparently the display was of books by alumni, and there I was, cosying up to Sophie Hannah (below) and Kate Atkinson (above).  A passing group of Japanese tourists asked what all the excitement was and, when I explained, insisted on taking photos of “famous Cambridge writer” – hope they’re not too disappointed when they get home…

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