Sunday, 12 May 2019

Stanfords here we come.

Life has been even more frantic than usual, with (among other things) our eldest daughter's wedding (marquee and other delights in the garden), involving days of preparation and celebration, not to mention monumental clearing up afterwards. Iestyn then immediately disappeared to Kenya to deal with his charity Challenge Aid, leaving me to deal with a houseful of bed and breakfast guests.

As a result, I have not blogged about the Welsh launch of the book which was held at the Confucius Centre in the University of Wales, Lampeter - very apt, as it was where I took my first classes in Mandarin Chinese in preparation for the ride.
 A big thank you to my cousin Sir David Lewis, coincidentally Lord Mayor of London at the time I started the ride, for giving such an eloquent introduction.

He particularly referred to the tradition of travel and book writing in our Welsh family. My father Dr GED Lewis was a geography text book author and wrote a well received autobiography, and David has written several books on local history. Also thank you to friends, relatives and others for turning up and even forking out for a copy. Meirion Davies, head of Gomer publishing pointed out that both David and I had a mention in another book (Wales - China: 250 years of history) available for purchase at the same time!  

Thank you to Branwen and Krystyna for organising the event, and to Krystyna for her informed questions during the Q&A session.

We are now gearing up for the London launch of the book at Stanfords bookshop in Convent Garden at 7-8.15pm on Wednesday 22nd May.  Hope to see you there!