EAT MY GLOBE: BUY THIS BOOK OR HS WILL BE VERY SAD
Making people feel sorry for you as a sales technique requires a combination of shamelessness and chutzpah. Happily, HS possesses both qualities in bucket loads. Today, I was fortunate enough to see the master at work.
Standfords, for those who haven’t been to London’s fashionable West End, is the World’s largest Travel bookshop. It also just happened to have HS’s first book, Eat My Globe, on prominent display in the New Books section.
After a taking the obligatory snaps and a little vid, HS gazed wistfully at the book and said “Oh well, now I hope at least one bugger will buy it”. The comment seemed to be aimed at nobody in particular. However, there was a man standing next to us who looked first at HS: sad-faced, unshaven and wearing a tea cosy on his head, then at me: also unshaven, grey, slightly worn around the edges. He was later seen queuing at the till, a copy of EMG clutched tightly in his hands. Result.
Advanced selling techniques aside, I’m one very proud elder Hermano. To get a book published these days, especially when you’re not an established author is a fantastic achievement. Even more so when you’ve put as much work into it as HS has – this was truly a labour of love – and to have financed the whole thing from your life savings (how scary is that ?).
Even more laudable is that unlike most of the crummy celebrity tomes clogging up the bookshelves this is actually written by the man himself (although I hear the Copy Editors have financed second homes out of their overtime) and wasn’t produced to tie into some lame-o TV Series which always has to end with, as HS so eloquently puts it, another fucking banquet.
Anyway, in my humble opinion, Eat My Globe is a terrific read (and if you’ve seen the chapter on The Great Salami you’ll know I don’t say this out of nepotism) and should be next on anyone’s must-read list, maybe after Jordan: Pushed to the Limit.
So if you’re one of the intelligent, discerning and attractive people that read the Dos Hermanos blog I’d advise you to go down to your bookshop without delay and pick up a copy, not forgetting to pay for it on the way out. It will make you a Sex God (allegedly) and it might mean that HS can afford a new tea cosy.
Bravo Hermano !