I belong to a Facebook book club, the UK Crime Book Club, which recently passed the milestone of 5,000 members so we wanted to celebrate. We decided to have a month of fundraising in aid of two educational charities - how great to share our love of reading. They are The Lighthouse School (for autistic children) and Dyslexia Sparks. Generous authors immediately leapt in with offers of signed books to raise funds for these two causes. As I don't write crime (though I read it!) the readers here are not really my audience. I decided to offer people the chance to have their name - or a relative's - used in this book. I now have a gentleman of mysterious background by the name of Joshua Stevenson, a young lady of honour and intelligence by the name of Caroline Maston, and a boot boy named Alfie Laidler who works in the big house and turns into a bit of a star.
I'm pleased to say that our total so far, after just over a week, is in the region of £700, with another week and a half to go. What an achievement.