…in the middle of a heat wave!

Another reader begins Rupert Winfield’s first journey.

I spent a very pleasant day yesterday (over six hours) in the High Street, East Grinstead, seated at a table in the bright Sussex sunshine in what must have been one of the hottest days of the year. We haven’t had many of those so far this year, but yesterday went some way to making up for that!

My first novel, ‘FATAL TEARS’ is set against the vivid and often very hot background of 1920s Africa. It occurred to me during the course of yesterday that a certain High Street in West Sussex could well have been a deal hotter than some of the locations in the book. Despite that, there were intrepid shoppers about and it was a successfull day all round.

Members of the East Grinstead Concert Band kindly gave of their time in the afternoon and serenaded us with a selection of marches and other light music, which was much appreciated by both those who were passing by and by yours truly seated behind the table.

Members of the East Grinstead Concert Band

Isn’t it amazing how a welcome shadow gradually approaches, with the promise of relief from the sun, but never quite seems to reach where you’re sitting? Odd, that.

If anyone wants to find out more about ‘FATAL TEARS’, feel free to either check out my website, or e-mail me on

A big THANK YOU to John Pye and his staff at The Book Shop, 22 High Street, East Grinstead for hosting us and keeping us supplied with coffee and water. We’ll be back…

Tonight it’s off to conduct a Prom concert on the bandstand in Eastbourne.

I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine.

8 thoughts on “Publicizing…

    1. Thanks for the positive comments. I’ve been blogging for about a year. All I do is express my joy in writing and making music. With best wishes. Stuart

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      Good luck.

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