Book of the Week: Object Lessons.
*Interested face*

Jonathan Meades talking with Will Wiles

A hugely entertaining evening last night at Castle Crow where a full house listened well into injury time as Jonathan and Will discussed Jonathan's book Museum Without Walls, his career and all points inbetween. Jonathan even gave us a world exclusive reading from his, as yet untiitled, Fowler Family Business sequel-in-progress. It was damn good.

Later Jonathan demonstrated his excellent memory when he told me a story about the only time he had visited my home town of Melton Mowbray, in 1975. He had stopped his car to ask a local youth for directions to the nearest pork pie shop. The youth had indicated he turn right and cross a river, whereupon he found himself at the gates of the Pedigree Petfod factory. He retraced his short journey, passed the youth again and got a knowing thumbs up.

It could have been me. In fact from now on it was me. Invite me round to dinner and I'll tell you all about it. Forever more.

Many, many thanks, too, to Will who proved the perfect foil and modestly forgot to talk for twenty minutes about his own brilliant book Care of Wooden Floors. If you haven't read it, you should.


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