It was one of those magnificent punch-your-hand-in-the-air moments when the lovely staff at Waterstones in Camberley sidled up to me on Saturday and said, ‘Guess what?’
‘What?’ I said, as you do.
‘You have outsold 50 Shades of Grey – good for you!’ And we all did a little jig in the shop.
Have I read the rival novel? Well, yes I have. Do I agree with the slamming critics? Well, no I don’t. I like to try different genres and I don’t think the odd dabble into the erotic does any harm – and whatever you say about the style and all the other stuff, in my own humble opinion, it does do what it says on the can.
And the strange thing is that by not being über-critical on Saturday, I ended up meeting some delightful ladies and selling more copies of The Thinking Tank.
So how did that work? Well, I was standing pretty close to the stack of Grey matter as it flew off the shelf towards the cash point. Had I read it, the ladies wanted to know, so it was good to be able to comment – and to own up to having enjoyed the read. Well, that got us chatting and one thing led to another, such that in many cases, The Thinking Tank and 50 Shades went happily off to the till together.
The downside of the day is that Brad Pitt arrived to buy books just 30 minutes after I left. Can’t win them all…
Thank you to all the lovelies at Camberley Waterstones for the warmest welcome and for sharing my not-so-grey moment!
The Thinking Tank (Summertime Publishing 2011) is available in both paperback and Kindle at branches of Waterstones as well as at www.waterstones.com and, of course, at www.amazon.co.uk.