A chapter to cherish forever

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ON the day you read this column, it will be the official publication day of my new book, Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed. I say ‘official’ day because while it was due to be in shops on May 17, it, quite surprisingly, actually appeared two weeks ago, and is currently in the WH Smith Top Twenty non-fiction book chart.

To say I am pleased would be an understatement. I first got wind that it had made the charts when a friend of mine emailed a photograph of the book sitting in the number 17 slot on the shelf. I thought he’d put it there for a joke but no, he assured me that in his local store, the book was most definitely in the top 20.

We found out at 5pm on a Saturday evening and my daughter just couldn’t contain her excitement that mummy’s book was in the charts. She demanded we head off to our own town immediately to check it out.

Off we went and sure enough, there was the book sandwiched between a biography of Kate Middleton and another memoir called Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue.

I couldn’t believe it.

My daughter and I started jumping up and down and screaming at the top of our voices, causing the couple next to us to look at us as though we’d gone insane – which let’s face it, we kind of had. Photographs were taken; a few happy tears were shed and then 10 minutes of just staring at the shelf in disbelief commenced.

The next day my parents did exactly the same thing when they went to town, only they took it one step further – hauling over the shop assistant to show her exactly what their daughter had achieved. I’m not sure she was too impressed, but I’m sure she feigned enough interest to satisfy my proud parents.

Since I was twenty years old I’ve dreamed of becoming a best- selling author, and to now achieve that is little less than amazing.

This week I’ve been inundated with emails from folk who’ve seen my book in the charts up and down the country and understandably I’m more than a little ecstatic.

This Saturday I will be taking part in a book signing at Kettering Waterstones, to launch the book officially. If you’re in the area and you’d like to say hello, please pop in and see me.

I’ll be the one sitting next to a pile of books; a gigantic smile on my face….