Good old Stratford-upon-Avon! How many hours have I spent in thee?
We don't often get to go there as a family these days. But the prospect of a bit of shopping and a very good 3-course late lunch persuaded our daughter that it might be worth joining us - even if we did walk into Bella Italia looking rather like we'd swum there.
The manager of the Shakespeare Hospice second-hand bookshop was remarkably helpful (I came away with a book of 1500+ pages, The Connoisseur's Complete Period Guides to the houses, decoration, furnishing and chattels of the classic periods - one that Richard and Judy appear mysteriously to have overlooked - for all of £2.50).
But, best of all, we had a short but lovely meeting with the manager of Stratford Waterstones. Very soon, I hope to announce the date of the book launch. Yes - Who Killed William Shakespeare? will have its official opening ceremony at Waterstones on Stratford High Street sometime in August, followed by another day of book signings for those who found the razzle-dazzle of the actual launch a little unnerving.
We're very excited and looking forward to it enormously. And we hope you are too.