As promised in the title there will be no talk of Blair, Balls or Coulson in this post.
A far more interesting subject is books. Books have always held a fascination for me from the pre-school days when my granny used to allow me to read from her range of Encyclopedia Britannicas which she purchased in the 30s from a door to door salesman, in the hope that they would interest my mother. Never once in my life did I see my mother read a book other than those related to music in some way; so my fondness for the written word doesn't come from her. I still possess these encylopedias - with rice paper protecting the illustrations - and enjoy an hour or so with them now and again.
This isn't to advertise the Encyclopedia Britannica though, but to let you know about a day/night, the 5 March, when I intend to give away 48 copies of a book. No, I haven't come into money, I'm being given the book.
All I did was register at World Book Night, chose my book and have been told I'm 'highly likely to be selected' as they are choosing on a first come first served basis. There is a choice of books, two of which I've read and some which didn't interest me, but because of the Scottish connection I've chosen One Day by David Nicholl.
It may seem as if giving away 48 books in one day will be hard going, but I intend to spend a couple of hours outside the library plus I've organised several to go to the local reading circle and more to go to friends and acquaintances. One of my favourite bloggers has his first novel, Jessica's Trap, published in April, so this will be a great opportunity to spread the word about that too and distribute some of his superbly designed promotional material.
If you're interested, do have a look at the website. It sounds fun (as long as it isn't raining). There are worse ways to spend a few hours. The closing date is this Monday 24 January so be quick. They have a number of events happening around the country on 5 March, but I'm rather distant from them all. Anyway, I should think by the time I'm finished distributing my allotted amount a glass or two of Tio Pepe will be my celebration.