They call it stormy Monday

… but this week they’re calling it Cyber Monday.

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday – bag yourself a bargain.

Look, just LOOK!  at this offer.

The Saturday Girls has been selected for a Kobo ebook promotion. It runs from 29th November until 2nd December and and you can buy the book for 99p !!

So if you’re wondering what to do on a cold rainy afternoon, why not curl up in a comfy armchair, with a cup of tea and a custard cream, or a Bourbon, and read about Sandra and Linda and their friend Sylvie, as they look for love and Lambrettas in Sixties Chelmsford.

Start here…

”The Corn Exchange was never full at half past eight on a Saturday night. It wouldn’t fill up till the group started playing. Tonight the group was Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band. But now it was still just records. We paid our money and then the men at the door stamped our hands and, as always, the ultraviolet light made the mark blue and our skin eerily white.        As we stepped into the empty, cavernous hall, the vinyl hissed and the first notes of ‘Green Onions’ rolled round the room. The single chords of the electric organ, low and smooth, touched the pit of my stomach. It was an anthem to mod superiority. Mods had all the good music, the latest music, the cool music….”

Now read on for more Mods, Motown and Minis.

They call it Stormy Monday …

Also available on Kindle for 99p here

How to be a mod girl

Things are happening fast! The Saturday Girls is selling fantastically well – thank you to everyone who’s bought it – and the audio version is out in January 2019. My interview with Robert Elms was great! You can listen to it here. My piece starts about 40 minutes in, after a track by the Small Faces.

And other things are happening. Some websites have asked me to write for them, about The Saturday Girls and my writing habits, and the first piece to appear has been published in Female First, an online magazine that covers all kinds of things – music, fashion, food and books. My article gives my top tips on how to be a mod girl, so that anyone can do it. Unfortunately Ready Steady Go! – unmissable viewing on Friday nights – is no longer airing on TV, but the magic of social media allows everyone to watch old episodes on YouTube.

So get yourself a dose of RSG!, grab your best friend and stroll round your local town centre. You’re half way there! Find all the tips here.

And as ever, there’s just one song you need to get you into the mod mood, and that’s Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs. Imagine yourself, on a Saturday night, walking into the Corn Exchange  with that best friend of yours, in all your mod finery, looking forward to seeing Georgie Fame or the Who or Wilson Pickett, as well as all the other cool mods from town. That’s it. You’re there.

It’s today

Today the Saturday Girls appears on the shelves.

My niece went to her local Sainsbury’s first thing this morning and sent me this photograph.

People sent messages and cards. I met friends for coffee and drinks. My publisher, Bonnier Zaffre sent an enormous bunch of flowers.

I dropped into Crouch End Waterstone’s and discussed a future event there. Date to be confirmed. A fancy meal at our neighbourhood Italian restaurant rounded off a perfect day.

But before that I was asked to answer some questions for a book website. One of the questions was if the book had a theme song, what would it be? And I thought it would have to be Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs. Perhaps not a song, to be precise, but oh, such a cool piece of music.

By the Beehive

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And in case you can’t wait to get started on the book (out on 26 September 2016) come to Waterstones in Covent Garden (Garrick Street) at 6pm on 2 September 2016 where I’ll be reading the first chapter. It’s free but you can reserve a place here. I’m reliably informed that places are going fast.

Chapter 1 – Best friends Linda and Sandra, dressed in their mod suede and leather coats and smelling of Wishing perfume, arrive at the Corn Exchange, Chelmsford’s Saturday night dance hall. Vespas and Lambrettas are parked in front and  out of town mods from Mile End, Colchester and Braintree are already here, but Sandra is waiting for Danny Mulroney, though he’s probably still in prison.  As they walk through the hall, Green Onions is playing and the stage is set for an exciting night…