Henry Bonas Events rang today - the actual Henry himself - to wonder tersely did I expect a bloody book launch now somewhere near him?
'Do Waterstones have linen on their tables when the new Jonathan Coe's out? And, more importantly, have you learned to bloody drive yet? I can't keep picking you up from the station.'
'Henry, you've picked me up once, the other times you've sent Barry in his taxi. And I can order taxis myself in future...'
'What, you'd know how to get hold of Barry, would you, who I send specially for you because I know how your little heart is gladdened by hearing how he's been driving around Nicholas Parsons, Camilla Parker-Bowles and Jilly Cooper? Don't be so bloody ungrateful.'