They also serve who only stand and wait . . Though this was said about a far more serious issue, it's very much in my mind today.
I'm soon to go down to Hay Festival to help in a small way with an event. Is it me or is the media a-buzz about lit-fests just now? Plus I've also just minded author MALCOLM ROSE on a day of visiting, when he talked to schools about thrillers and horror and mystery and forensic chemistry while smiling most charmingly. If you're thinking of someone who has the strange wild wierdness of Stephen King, Malcolm ain't it. Or so it seems . . . But I did make sure I delivered him off at York station before dark . . .
Anyway, all this practical stuff has reminded me to give a GREAT CHEER for all those who serve such events: the bookshops owners & assistants who carry in the back-breaking boxes and count out the books and count them in again, and carry the boxes some more, and deal with the publishers, and check the money, and all of it with a smile on their faces, and not much going into their bank-balances. Sometimes that smile seems a little weary and worldly-wise, as if they feel they are definitely in the un-glam end of the trade, but HOORAY A ZILLION FOR YOU ALL!
Especially Karen down south & Linda up north. You know who you are!