Walden of Bermondsey was given a great launch in the elegant and historic surroundings of the Queen’s Room at Middle Temple on the evening of 5 December. Undeterred by the weather a good crowd of friends, some of them judges, gathered for wine, canapés and an autographed copy of the book. A number came armed with their Christmas shopping lists and bought additional copies as gifts. It felt as though I spent most of the evening signing books, but I know I also gave a reading from Where there’s Smoke, the first story in the book, and formally announced the agreement with Alistair Maclean-Clark to acquire the option for the TV and film rights for this book, and Judge Walden: Back in Session, which is to be published in May or June next year: see previous post. I was delighted that Alistair was present with his wife, Rosaria. My agent Guy Rose, who brought Alistair and me together, was also there with his wife, Alexandra. Thanks to the staff at Middle Temple, who were superb as ever, and to Ion, Claire, Clare, Frances and Tasha from No Exit Press, who organised and ran the event with their usual efficiency and charm. And, of course, to all who attended. Pictures follow. Second picture left, shows Alistair (foreground, left) and Guy (right) with their wives. Third left, yours truly with fellow No Exit author Leigh Russell. Fourth left, signing a book for Heather Galwas from St Ives (Cambs) Library, which has welcomed me as a speaker a number of times. Top right: this is how I know I interrupted signings to say a few words.