I was interviewed by Radio Gorgeous last week. We had arranged to meet in the Society Club, a small cosy coffee shop and rare bookshop in Ingestre Place, but they were clearing up from a photo shoot, so we adjourned to the John Snow pub. It’s a dark wood, Victorian saloon bar, on two levels, filled with the low hum of conversation. We talked about Beyond the Beehive, life and the universe. The interview will be broadcast in January.
After I left the pub, I wandered along Broadwick Street in the direction of Carnaby Street. I passed a row of shops. One of them had a mod target outside. I stopped and looked in the window.
There were Fred Perrys and suits, a particularly delectable mauve suit on a tailor’s dummy, but there were also books – books aboout the Who and books I have myself including Sawdust Caesars by Tony Beesley.
It was Sherry’s. I went inside and met Perry who works there. I told him I’d written a book about mod girls. ‘If it’s mod we should have it,’ he said. ‘Speak to Bubbles,’ he said. Bubbles is the owner.
So on Tuesday I went into the shop with a few copies of Beyond the Beehive. Bubbles was there and was very friendly. ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘We’ll display them.’
Which all means that if you’re in Carnaby Street, buying new shoes or just looking at the lights, but despairing of knowing what to buy the mod in your life for Christmas – you can nip along the street to Sherry’s, buy a copy or two of the book and order yourself a sharp suit at the same time. A Christmas outfit!