Small Plays About My Day

… tiny true dramas in a Charing Cross Road bookshop

Flew Round A Field For Us

Posted on | October 15, 2009 | No Comments

Chatty man: The author’s signature would increase the value of a book, I suppose?
Emily: It depends on the author really.
Chatty man: I’ve got one signed by Ken Wallis.
(Emily looks blank.)
Chatty man: James Bond! Little Nellie! Invented the gyrocoptor. Ninety three. Amazing man. Went to see him. Flew round a field for us. He insisted. Ninety three! Amazing. Got him to sign a book. I’m holding on to it. Bound to be worth a bit one day.


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  • "In a town like London there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money."
    George Orwell