This week I went into my local Waterstone's branch in Sunderland's Bridges shopping centre. I was there to drop off some free bookmarks, which the staff kindly put on the counter for readers to take as they please.
"Would you like to sign some books while you're here?" the lady behind the counter asked.
I couldn't speak for smiling.
I signed three piles of books...
"Would you like to sign the books in our chart too?" she asked.
"Chart?" I squeaked.
It turns out that Belle of the Back Streets is in at No. 5 in the best-selling hardback books in the Sunderland store.
No 1 is J K Rowling.
No 2 is David Walliams
No 3 is George R R Martin
No 4 is Lee Child
and in at No 5 is ... yours truly
I didn't sleep much last night.