As I was in Dublin yesterday for a meeting, I took the time afterwards to drop into the Gutter Bookshop to browse and say hello. This is a new bookshop in Temple Bar and offers a great selection of books in bright and airy surroundings. I wish them every success.
As they were also hosting the launch of John Connolly's new book, The Whisperers, and as I'm a huge, huge fan I came back later that evening to pick up a copy of the book and get it signed by JC himself.
A good crowd turned out to hear John give a brief introduction to the book and follow it up with an hilarious reading from a work in progress that involved dwarves, a boyband named Boystarz and a video shoot that goes drastically wrong. Needless to say it wasn't a Charlie Parker story!
When I was getting the book signed I took the opportunity to ask if he'd be attending the Bisto Awards but he'll be on tour. He was nice enough to wish me the best for the awards.
An all round decent chap and nice guy.
Photos from the launch are here and sharp-eyed viewers (clearly with nothing better to do) may well spot the back of my head somewhere in the crowd.