In The Air Tonight

Untitled┬áThe dream of any author is having their books on sale in the duty-free shops at major airports, alongside the generic thrillers and self-help manuals. Imagine my pleasure therefore at receiving this snap taken by Professor F___ W___ of Copenhagen, who spotted A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth in field conditions, in a duty-free shop at Dubai Airport. Even more amazingly, the store had displayed the book (my book, noch) as its monthly promotional selection. This isn’t just any old airport — it’s a major international hub. And it’s not just shoved on a shelf — it has a big display all to itself. This really has to be the apotheosis of my zenith this week. Now, none of this happens by accident. When you see books displayed prominently in a bookstore window, or at a point of sale, you can be sure that the publisher has paid for the privilege. Clearly my publisher — in concert with the local sales force — felt it worth while. As for me, I can’t help shake the image that in the air tonight, in planes bound for destinations as varied as Perth and Panama, Detroit and Denpasar, people will be up late reading my book, while passengers round about sleep the hours quietly away.

About Henry Gee

Henry Gee is an author, editor and recovering palaeontologist, who lives in Cromer, Norfolk, England, with his family and numerous pets, inasmuch as which the contents of this blog and any comments therein do not reflect the opinions of anyone but myself, as they don't know where they've been.
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6 Responses to In The Air Tonight

  1. rpg says:

    How _utterly_ splendid. Bravo!

    • Henry Gee says:

      Thank you Richard. The news reached me in the snotty and sniffly watches of another long night with covid, and so came at a very cheering time.

  2. Congrats…!

    Just tested positive for the Covidicus aches and sniffles, so many sympathies on that.

    • Henry Gee says:

      hang on in there! It lasts about a week. If I’d never heard of COVID I’d have said I’d have had the flu.

      • Austin Elliott says:

        You were spot on, Henry – positive tests for eight days. First three days were like a (rather etiolated) flu – only one day of major aches, and only two nights of waking up sweating – had a full seven nights of that when I got flu a decade ago. After that, days +3 to +6 were just an unending tedium of snot.

        In some ways the worst aspect was the family insisting on confining me to my bedroom (inc for all meals) until day +5, which was VERY BORING.

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