31st January 2011
A Habit Of Dying and researching family history was discussed on BBC Radio Oxford on the Jo Thoenes afternoon show. (To listen again click here for part 1 or here for part 2)
1st February 2011
A Habit Of Dying officially published and available in bookshops.
5th February 2011
Supporting Bampton Library Action Group in their efforts to preserve library services in Oxfordshire. Readings from favourite books. Click here to view the event as reported on The Guardian blog.
12th February 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing 11am to 3pm at Waterstones in Witney. For a few pictures click here.
3rd March 2011
World Book Day Helping celebrate the day with a small audience at Bampton Library discussing A Habit Of Dying. A very enjoyable occassion discussing the story. Many thanks to all who attended, those who helped on the day and to Loraine and Wendy from the library service.
5th March 2011
The Bookstore, Abingdon A Habit Of Dying book signing in The Bookstore, Abingdon, Oxon. An excellent day in Abingdon, many thanks to Ian and his staff at The Bookstore. And a big thank you to book lovers of Oxfordshire who spared the time for a chat and a purchase.
7th March 2011
Interviews by WitneyTV for Witney Book Festival. Sarah Myatt and fellow writers Juliet McKenna and Adrian Magson lightly grilled by WitneyTV. All hosted at Hacketts in Witney, thank you. Click here for pics from the day.
16th April 2011
Book signing at The Whitman Inn, Nova Scotia, after a book launch breakfast. Twenty people for a great session of book talk and brunch. Smiles all round and thanks to our hosts Monika and Herbert.
28th April 2011
Coffee, cakes, book chat and signing at The Woodpile, Liverpool, Nova Scotia at 2.pm. What a great hour talking about writing and reading a few pasages. Thanks to the good folk of Queens and to Judy and Clair. A pleasure to unexpectedly meet campaigning politician Gerald Keddy and Mayor John Leefe too.
7th May 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Oxford. A really excellent day in Oxford - lots of interesting people both young and old, many good chats about books and writing, and about old times and new times - maybe even made some new friends. Thank you Oxford! (And those from Essex, London, Hampshire, Bucks, Swindon . . . .)
13th May 2011
Lincoln Book Festival. Discussion and reading from A Habit Of Dying. Kicked off History Day at 10.30am with an appreciative audience, full of questions. The post presentation discussion went on later in the corridor and by the tea counter, which is usually a good sign. Very exciting that another author wanted a copy of the book!
4th June 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Banbury now confirmed. In the shop from around 10.30 through to late afternoon, looking forward to meeting Banbury book lovers.
17th, 18th and 19th June 2011
Witney Book Festival. The Corn Exchange 7pm Friday 17th June. Plenty of excellent authors lined up for the Witney Book Festival. For a full programme of speakers and events click the logo. (Twitter @WitneyBookFest )
25th June 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Cirencester. What a great day in Cirencester, a day that turned into a weekend when it was agreed that a Sunday encore was in order! A wonderful couple of days in a really welcoming store with the knowledgeable readers of Cirencester.
2nd July 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Hereford. A lovely day in the gentle city of Hereford, plenty of people to enjoy book chat with. Blame the lovely weather for the numbers, staff as ever attentive and welcoming.
9th July 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones High Wycombe.
Well, what a day in High Wycombe's cavernous Eden shopping complex! A busy shop all day, but never seemed hurried and the book buyers of Bucks were a delight to talk to. An invitation to return close to Christmas rounded off a fantastic day.
16th July 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Poole.
A lovely day in Poole, meeting some brilliant people, talking of books and writing, holidays and travel. Signed a lot of books and set the scene for more dates in the south. (See also reflections on a day in Poole.)
30th July 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones, Brunel Plaza - Swindon.
A lovely day in Swindon, not the busiest but more than made up for by meeting some great people - a teacher with Sri Lankan origins, a Malaysian doctor with his soon-to-fly-home young son, two delighful and totally contrasting sisters - to mention just a few!
8th and 14th August 2011
Broadcast dates for the recorded interview with Sam Loveless for the excellent community radio station Swindon 105.5. It was such an enjoyable experience talking with Sam about A Habit Of Dying and the process of writing, the time flew past as we ranged over a few more topics besides - but they've probably been edited out! Listen to Swindon 105.5 2pm on the 8th and repeated at 5pm on 14th. The broadcasts are all streamed live over the web, too, so click the logo above if you want to listen in distant parts - but please remember time differences if you're outside the UK. (After broadcast there may be a 'listen again' feature here.)
20th August 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Aylesbury.
"A great addition to the list of venues for my Waterstones Summer Tour" was how this diary entry read before the 20th, and so it proved to be. What a great day with Aylesbury book buyers, in store for about 7 hours, looked after by the attentive crew in Waterstones.
27th August 2011
A Habit Of Dying book signing at Waterstones Petersfield.
What a pleasure to meet some of the good folk of Petersfield. Spent the day in store from around 10.30 until closing time, sustained by an excellent breakfast from 1 The Spain B&B. Almost signed every copy we had, just a few left in store for those who missed the day.
3rd September 2011
Book signing at Waterstones Southampton.
The Waterstones Summer Tour was extended into September and how lucky it proved to be. Enjoyed an excellent day in the Above Bar branch, so many good conversations with such a wide variety of readers. Helped close the shop at 5.30, very tired and very happy.
8th October 2011
Book signing at Waterstones Witney.
Almost full circle for the Habit Of Dying 2011 tour with a return to ever supportive Waterstones in Witney. Was met in the store by a lady, Cecile, who was waiting for me to appear! A first and made me feel very special. As did everyone else I met on a truly awesome day. Thank you Witney.
15th October 2011
Book signing at Waterstones Cirencester.
A return to the lovely town of Cirencester and the welcoming Waterstones branch. The last date in a bookshop for 2011 did not disappoint. A record signing day to round off a wonderful year.