Did you know, a friend emailed me the other day, your new book is all over the window in Daunt’s?
Intrigued, I walked across the Heath to take a look. And, yes, there in the window – half, let it be said, the main window – was a blow-up of the paperback cover of Good Bait, surrounded by numerous copies of the book itself and extracts from a selection of positive reviews. Good for the soul. Possibly even good for the royalty cheque when it comes.
I went inside to find out whose idea it had been and to offer thanks. One of the staff had realised the opening chapter of the book, in which a body is discovered beneath the frozen surface of a pond, takes place just a healthy stone’s throw away from the store. I had walked past the spot, in fact, on my way over. Once they’d realised that, giving the book due prominence made a great deal of sense.
Well, hooray! And Daunt Books, thank you so much.