A Saturday Afternoon Well Spent

Jeremy Nicholas and Iain Dale in conversation at Waterstones Lakeside re West Ham

As reported before in this blog I spent some days in London with my family last week, and my daughters and – quite unexpectedly – my wife joined my for a trip to West Ham’s away game at Reading instead of doing Christmas shopping on Saturday afternoon. But maybe they got it wrong and thought they would meet the real “Royals” there …

Being on our way to Paddington for the train to Reading I wasn’t able to read Saturday’s announcement in the WHTID blog that Jeremy Nicholas and Iain Dale were going to sign books on this day at Waterstone’s Romford from 12-2pm and then at Waterstone’s Basildon from 3-5pm. Well, as things have worked out on Saturday afternoon, Jeremy and Iain seem to have made a wise decision to promote their books instead of joining me and more than 4,000 other West Ham supporters at Reading.

Though not having been able to meet Jeremy and Iain personally, I would like to let them know that their books (the beautiful nostalgic “When Football Was Football” by Iain and the humorous “Confessions of a Matchday Announcer” by West Ham’s voice Jeremy Nicholas) are great and I hope that many of the readers of my blog are going to please someone with these books at Christmas. I, of course, have both of them at home in Vienna, and there’s still another one in a secret place where Santa Claus hides the Christmas presents.

It would have been nice to meet the fellow-suffering authors of West Ham books in person when I was in London. But thanks to YouTube, I know what the book-signing was about. And I’ll make sure to have the books in my suitcase when I travel to London again, in case of another opportunity to get signed copies …

-> Iain Dale, When Football Was Football … A nostalgic look at a century at West Ham United
-> Jeremy Nicholas, Mr Moon Has Left the Stadium – Confessions of a Matchday Announcer

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