Without Alice in London

As you know from my previous post, I had a hectic time of it on Monday getting ready to go to London for D.J. Kirkby’s launch for Without Alice. And yet…I was ready to go long before Kaff. Women, eh?

It was a lovely sunny day in Cardiff when we left on the megabus. (Just between you and me, I don’t think it’s that mega a bus. It looks pretty much like any other.) Still, it was a lovely comfy trip and because there weren’t that many people on it, I got a whole seat to myself! Luxury. Here’s a pic of me about to tuck into my lunch of honey-roasted peanuts and cashews and very tasty they were, too.

As the coach approached London, the sky turned a lovely shade of squirrel. I knew there’d be something special to mark my arrival, you know.

First stop was Whitehall, naturally. That’s how much of a V.I.S. I am. We met up with online pal ZeroHypeArt for the first time and then the three of us started the Great Tube Relay Game to make it to Wood Green in time for the launch. What is the Great Tube Relay Game, Squizzey, I hear you cry? We want to play that. Actually, no. No, you don’t. It’s only played on days like Monday when there’s a tube strike and it involves using whatever tubes are still running to get you to your destination. Super lots of fun, especially late at night when even though the strike finished hours earlier, there is not much running, so you miss your train home… and have to walk, get a bus and then a taxi in a hairy London Transport-athon until you get home at 2 a.m., collapse and fall asleep in your clothes.

The book launch itself was a fabulous success and lots of fun. I was adored by everyone there. Well, just look at how snazzy I was in my pinstripes and natty bow tie. How could you not think me completely gorgeous? Denyse (D.J. Kirkby) obviously did because she bought me a huge bag of nuts!

I met lots of online pals, like the very lovely and glamorous writers Rebecca Emin and Talli Roland aka Marsha Moore (think she must be a Spook with all her different identities), Tamsyn Murray and Claire Marriott.

Being a V.I.S. means you’re always on duty and even on this special night I had to work. Kaff did a reading from Without Alice and I rendered my services to give a fine dramatic interpretation, which Denyse now says she will always think about when she reads that same passage. I can understand that. Once you’ve seen me in action, it’s hard to remember how it was done before.

All in all, it was an excellent night out in London and I had a brilliant time. And finally… if you haven’t already bought the book, BUY WITHOUT ALICE NOW!

What to wear? What to wear?

Oh dear! As you can see, I’m in a bit of a flap trying on outfits and I simply can’t decide what to wear.

You see, I’m going to London later today.

Yes! The BIG CITY.

While I may roam around the house here in Wales in my shorts and t-shirts, I think I ought to put in a little more effort for today’s trip. After all, I will be a V.I.S. (Very Important Squirrel) guest at the book launch for Without Alice written by my very dear and lovely friend, D.J. Kirkby. It’s going to be a top evening, so if you’re near the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green between 7pm and 9pm this evening, pop in and say Hi! and buy a book or two. I’m sure the lovely D.J. will sign them for you, too.

I can’t decide whether or not to go beatnik squirrel or top hat and tails or grunge or…

I guess you’ll just have to wait and see what I finally decide upon. Come back soon and I’ll tell you all about my night out in London!

No squirrel wants to be Without Alice

It was such a beautiful day today that I was desperate to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Kaff has towers of TBR books (that stands for To-Be-Read, how well am I getting into this literary speak, eh?), so I clambered up, only knocking out a couple of volumes on my way, and filched this promising-looking book from the top of the pile. Without Alice is the debut novel of DJ Kirkby, one of Kaff’s Twitter pals. Having met the lovely lady in London in May, I wanted to read her book, especially as Kaff is promising to take me to the book’s London launch in October.

As soon as they got wind of me going outside, of course, the crew wanted to come, too. I managed to persuade the chipmunks to stay indoors and guard the nut stash but Fluffy, Patch, Squashy, Leo and Hotty all came out onto the patio with me.

As you can see, we all became engrossed in the story and enjoyed our time in the sun. It’s so much lovelier spending time outside with a good book than reading indoors, isn’t it? And Without Alice is certainly a good book. A very good book. I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far.

*Btw, just between you and me, I have to admit that I don’t think much of the cover model, so I have offered my services to Denyse for her next book.

You can find out more about Without Alice and buy it exclusively from the Punked Books website. It doesn’t go on general sale until October. You can also join in the discussion on the Without Alice FaceBook page . To find out more about DJ Kirkby, visit her Author Website or DJ Kirkby’s Blog .