I brought Bláthnaid to Limerick last weekend to have her copy of ‘Skulduggery Pleasant – Last Stand of Dead Men’ signed by the author, Derek Landy.
I *had* to bring her. When she’d heard the book had been released she was into Easons in Clonmel as fast as I could drive her there (without breaking any speed limits of course). The books had only been delivered that day and she had to wait while a box was opened especially for her.
That’s dedication, surely.
So off to Limerick we went last Sunday and queued for an hour to meet Derek and to get Bláthnaid’s book signed, similar to the way we’d queued in Cork last year.
The last time Bláthnaid met Derek she didn’t have any questions for him as she was so nervous. This time when asked if she had any questions she came out with ‘Why?’
I know nothing about the reasons behind this question except that, at the time Bláthnaid finished the book (the day after she got it), we were driving somewhere and she was in the back seat of the car. I heard her say, quietly and solemnly, ‘I’m finished’, and looked around to see her closing the book, her lips pursed together, and tears in her eyes.
And I couldn’t really say anything, just ‘Oh dear’, because…..
…..because I’ve only just read the first book and there are another seven or eight to go before I get to the last one.
You’re never too old for a good book.