- On June 17, 2020
I felt it prudent to inform everyone where we are with the proposed launch of the book that I have been working on for the last three years. When you actually read it you will appreciate that in reality I have been carrying out research for the book for the last sixty five years. Literally a lifetime of research.
Back in November 2019 we had planned to start the book events in March 2020. The opening venue was at the Forbury Hotel in Reading, followed quickly by the Park Plaza in Cardiff. Two venues in one week was optimistic but everything was in place to achieve that goal.
Further venues in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and finally London were arranged and booked. A surprise request to visit Newcastle was also shoe horned in. Deposits paid, food menus chosen, and copious amounts of welcome drinks were ordered.
I was looking forward to meeting so many old friends, relatives and no doubt catching up with many old rugby acquaintances. I assume hangovers were no doubt inevitable.
The first week of January and everything was in place, except maybe some last-minute logistics which could be completed nearer the dates. Unfortunately, the world’s balance was starting to tilt in favour of mother nature. Some early signs that there was a virus affecting China started to hit the news broadcasts.
Not a big deal at the time, although we found out by default when the merchandise that we ordered for the book launch venues was going to be delayed. Still not a big deal.
February , slight discomfort about the delivery of the said merchandise and the extended delivery dates.
The World Changed
March came and the world changed, my problems were insignificant to what was happening all around us. So basically everything was cancelled, the venues were all extremely helpful and all deposits refunded.
Unfortunately, the publishers and printers of the book and covers were shut down for what has now been ten weeks and although there is light at the end of the tunnel no one can predict anything with any certainty.
I hope that I can get an initial copy of the book out to the family and then offer a similar edition to everyone via Amazon, who have become the major distributors and saviours to us all during this very strange period of our lives.
The initial copy will be a shortened version of what the trilogy of books will reveal about my older sister, the research that has been carried out, plus it tries to explain the presence of my twin sister who died during our childbirth.
The first edition of the trilogy is planned for release Easter next year. Again this date is now flexible as everything else has now become in the world.
If anything changes I will inform you as soon as possible.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped with the research and historic data which has made the initial book and the trilogy to follow possible. Without you it would not have been possible and I would have probably given up months ago.