Over the last few years, I have amassed some autographed books; the collection falls into three main groups.
A- Ones I can vouch for as I was at the signing.
B- Ones I have sent for, mainly from friends and Black Library http://www.blacklibrary.com/ebooks/new-titles
And C- Ones I assumed have been signed, as I picked them up second hand and have no way of vouching their provenance.
I also have a rarity, of no value other than curiosity, a book by Jack Higgins which is a pre-published review-how do I know it pre-published? It has the editorial comments in the indents and no cover plate.
The picture shows me with author Raymond E Feist on his stop over in Bristol taken in May, 2013.
The next photo is the cover of one of the limited edition signed copies from Warhammer, which I am collecting at a rate of one every two months.
WATERSTONE'S BRISTOL GALLERIES
Monday, 4 November 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
US fantasy writer, Robin Hobb.
Sadly the Bristol shops are the only two I can get to now as I am disabled, I used to visit the Cheltenham and Bath shops at one time. Ironically, the Robin Hobb signing is on the day I would have returned from the Black Library Weekender in Nottingham http://www.blacklibrary.com/Events/weekender-2013.html ,which I planned as a late birthday treat to myself, but sadly, it wasn't to be and another chance to get books signed has passed me.
I also have signed books from Bristol author Derek Robinson, cricketer and fellow Yorkshire man Sir Freddie Trueman and the late Spike Milligan.
On the subject of Spike, here is a direct contrast in personalities. I had the pleasure of meeting the man in Bristol and despite having shrapnel from a mortar bomb attack embedded next to his spine for over 40 years, he was polite and courteous, even though sitting in a chair for hours must have agony.
During the 1st Bristol International Regatta I was working in the Industrial Museum on the docks and who should come in but, Jennifer Saunders.I have never seen Ab Fab,but form reports she played a great role as a bitch-not surprisingly-from my meeting, brief though it was, her role was no more than an extension of her real self.