We were very excited to be invited to the launch of Raising Steam, the latest novel by Sir Terry Pratchett and the 40th book in the Discworld series. On Friday 22nd November at 3pm sharp, we arrived at the Watercress Line at Alton Station where we were greeted by the billowing steam of the train that was to be the Iron Girder for the day.
On the platform stood Sir Terry, proudly wearing his train conductor’s hat. Soon after arriving, we all boarded the train where we would have afternoon tea of scones, jam, cream, a cup of tea and even a small glass of sparkling wine. We were even sat on the next table to the author himself. It was really the perfect way to help launch Raising Steam.
Once we got to Alresford, I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Sir Terry, who talked to me about how he studied the old Punch magazines (which he said helped with some of the dialects for his novels.)
We headed back through the countryside just as the sun was setting on the village of Alton. Overall, a great afternoon that I didn’t want to end. A huge thanks to Sir Terry Pratchett and the team at Doubleday.
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