Unless I'm knocked off in the next few months, in which case he'd only get down the road to Edinburgh. I'm there for the summer and tonight I was in Waterstone's in George Street doing a launch event for DANDY GILVER AND A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE.
And the strangest thing happened. You know that bit in Harry Potter where they zap dormice into milkjugs but the jugs still have tails and fur? Well, my book popped up again and again tonight. Blue with touches of blood-red was everywhere. In the lovely flowers from my oldest friend Catherine Lepreux:
In a hand-felted tea-cosy made by my dear friend Louise Kelly:
And of course in cake form, courtesy of my mum and dad:
Many, many thanks to Colin, the manager, who came in on his day off for the event:
And to Stuart Campbell, my beloved high-school English teacher, who took one look at my train-print dress and reminded me why he was such an inspiration all those years ago by saying "O. S. Nock" (he wrote the book that the illustrations appeared in, you know.)
I'm feeling very lucky tonight: a wonderful family, fantastic teachers and friends I've known for decades. Life is sweet and, on balance, I hope Logan MacRae doesn't get the chance to take that trip!