I really REALLY enjoyed last night’s book launch at Cass Business School. Thanks again to everyone who made it down.
Despite the dodgy statements that everyone was forced to agree or disagree on (written by, ahem, yours truly), and the fact that we somehow *lost* £200 of the book takings (which later miraculously re-appeared in Matthew’s inside pocket) and the dubious (and hard to get hold of) food at All Bar One afterwards – it was a truly great night!
Thanks again to Matthew Fairtlough, my editor at Triarchy Press (far left, holding the mic) and of course my fellow panelists (from left to right), Suw Charman-Anderson, Euan Semple, Clive Holtham and – on the screen – Luis Suarez.
Luis had the particularly tricky task of joining the debate virtually by phone all the way from Gran Canaria – a challenge which he completed successfully with aplomb! That crazy laugh probably helped. He he.
It was fab to see so many friends, colleagues and family (mum, little sister and brother in law) all in one place – possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience? My sis was particularly thrown by Suw’s remark that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow” – what was that about the bug with all those eyes, she asked, a wee bit horrified. (Suw was referring to Linus Torvald’s rule that if you get enough developers on board, software problems will be sorted out quickly).
Luckily I don’t need to go into too much detail here because Broadstuff’s Alan Patrick has done a good round-up of the discussion and voting. And, if you’d like a peak at the action, the rest of Benjamin’s photos are here. (Update: if you need more, here are two further launch reviews by Benjamin Ellis and Joanne Jacobs).
For anyone who missed it or would like to re-live the moment again, the debate was recorded and will be streamed online soon – I’ll let you know where and when.
Thanks again everyone for taking part, and a very special thanks to Cass Creatives and Cass Business School for hosting.
More than 100 people have signed up so far for the book launch on 9 December. If this is the first you’ve heard, don’t worry, there’s still space! The event takes place at Cass Business School (near Old Street) from 6pm and you can sign up here.
Like an old-fashioned dad pacing up and down outside the delivery room while my wife gives birth, I’m a bundle of nerves, anxious and excited in equal measures.
Today, after two years and 1,500 (or so) coffees, my wonderful, difficult baby is finally going to print. Those fabulous guys at Triarchy Press are just putting the finishing touches to the proof – any minute now I should get the call letting me know the book’s gone off safely.
In the meantime, it seems only right that you should get some kind of sneak preview – so here’s a detail from the fantastic cover, brilliantly drawn in pen and ink by Devon-based artist, Heather Fallows. As you can see, the monkey is smiling. You’ll just have to wait a couple of weeks to see what she’s written…