We Launch a Book!

by AnneWareham on April 26, 2015

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Well, you get asked to write a book, you write it, it gets published and the next thing is – you have a book launch, right? So we did. We launched ‘Outwitting Squirrels’  on the river Wye at Symmonds Yat.

We had to begin by making a boat to launch it in – this was Charles’ job, complicated by a need for ecological soundness plus floatability. And the need for a squirrel to accompany the boat.  The publishers, Michael O’Mara, kindly obliged with the squirrel and Charles built. We tested:

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It floats!

The squirrel seemed happy

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Hello.. nice weather for squirrels..

and chatty….

So we invited some good friends and set off to Launch!

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A devoted squirrel about to be Outwitted

With friends and some fizz….

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You wot?

Friends were a little bewildered? Then cheered up:

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Yey! (it was the quick slurp that did it…)

So – to the water…..

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and…..

Squirrel was beginning to feel a little unsure about all this….

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Launched!

And said ‘do I have to?’

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Really?

Yes, we said…

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O

And we want some pictures too…

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Professional at work

Noooo, said squirrel and made off for the ferry…

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Safety???

No you don’t, thinks Charles, and grabs a broom…

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go on…..

And OFF!

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We were all hoping for a picture of Charles falling in the water…

Bye bye, book, boat and squirrel!

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Byeeeeee !

Free entrance to the Veddw garden to anyone who returns the book and squirrel.

So we all went off to eat and drink and celebrate my birthday as well…then Big Surprise! Squirrel reappeared, now safely caged!

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That is a cage with a successfully outwitted squirrel in it and triumphant squirrel outwitter…

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This squirrel is not as pretty as the other one…

I ate a bit of his cage and let this squirrel out. But the boated one and the book were well and truly launched and vanished into the night…..

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John April 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I didn’t get an invite to the launch tho I see Maggie there! Goes off in a huff! What about links to the seven reviews then?

I would not want to see Charles falling in the water (at least not with his camera) though you could have given the boat a more energetic push maybe ……. 🙂

Seriously, though, glad you had a great birthday celebration. And I must research copyright – there are no declarations so copyright unknown????! Some lovely pics of you ….. (and a good one of Charles looking a bit delicate).

One question, though. Do you actually have ankles?

AnneWareham April 26, 2015 at 9:53 pm

I will add the copyrights – short of time at the moment. And links to all reviews ultimately…. Thanks for yours, John! Xxx (o, and I have feet too)

John April 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

I meant the seven reviews by the seven seen holding copies of the book. It’s tradition that all those invited to a book launch do a write-up, you know!

AnneWareham April 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

I never knew that, John…..

Paul Steer April 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Hurrah ! X

Libby April 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

What larks!! Absolutely fantastic way to, literally, launch a book… and a squirrel!
Huge congratulations Anne. Your birthday cake was a dead ringer too!
Libby x

AnneWareham April 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Thanks, Libby! – your copy is not forgotten…. XXX

Katherine Crouch April 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

what fun! That cheered me up alright!

AnneWareham April 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

What more could we ask?

J Sherry April 28, 2015 at 7:53 am

What fun! And what a novel idea – good way to get publicity for the launch of the book, well done whoever thought of it.
I’ve made a note of book title; have a friend who really struggles with squirrels in her garden, so am going to get her a copy.
Oh, belated happy birthday too Anne.

AnneWareham April 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

Thank you! xx