"It's not much but it's ours"

Monday, March 30, 2009


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 !

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Anonymous Fat Les said...

Hear hear!
Would it cost more to get mine autographed?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:48:00 am  
Blogger Neil Davey said...

Having read an early proof,I can happily confirm to anyone wavering that it's a damn fine read: entertaining, funny and touching.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:06:00 am  
Blogger William Leigh said...

Congratulations - it's a great read for those who haven't yet. Now shave that facial growth off. My dad told me something about men with moustaches when I were a nipper.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:06:00 am  
Blogger pmot said...

Why not put up an excerpt or a chapter for users to read?

Always good to get a preview before buying

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:15:00 am  
Blogger Gavin said...

Went to Standfords yesterday to get my copy. Asked the man behind the desk about availability of a book by somebody called Majumdar, M..A..J...

"Oh, you mean Simon" said the chap.

Well done mate, quite an achievement.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Tom P. said...

is that what you look like!?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1:45:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

@Tom P

No, we mocked that one up for the photo............. Er,


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:42:00 pm  
Anonymous PhilD said...

Did they catch that dodgy looking shoplifter they caught on CCTV....?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 5:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you've answered this somewhere else, but when will it be available in the States? Thanks and congrats! By the way, while I like the UK cover, the US version is very cool.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:09:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, are you doing any signings in New York when it's released?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:10:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

The book will be available in the US, published by The Free Press, part of Simon & Schuster on May 19th.

The link here will take you to the US edition too


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Sarah said...

What's with the facial hair?! If I buy a copy, will you shave it off please...

I suppose, all the years in publishing means that most of the London booksellers will know who you are. Congratulations, it looks fantastic.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:49:00 am  
Anonymous T.O'N. said...

With those looks ,you have a future in least as a Pancho Villa look-alike,and possibly more.Time to send yr photo to the Casting Directors!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:39:00 am  
Anonymous F.Adams said...

Don't shave the moustache,it adds to the obvious character in yr face.And besides,if you did ,you would bear a scary resemblance to that Wallace fellow on know the one who knows nothing about food,but merely repeats what the other guy says?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:41:00 am  
Anonymous Chris L. said...

At least you don't look like that ferrety(or is it weasely?) Giles Coren(you know the hugely talented guy who did NOT get his job at the Times becasue his Dad was there and they felt sorry for him).
How do you fend off the women?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:45:00 am  
Blogger Kavey said...

Problem with that Amazon page is that there's no summary of what the book is about, let alone any reviews.
Would suggest finding out about getting a summary added to the page and then encourage those who've read it to post (honest) reviews on there too!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 9:09:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

Thanks everyone, er I think

Beard comes off tomorrow


Wednesday, April 01, 2009 2:13:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work fella, i,ll keep an eye out for it, but as you know yourself, it will take 500 years for it to make it down ere.

Adrian, waiting for fish delivery, news at 10, Padstow.

Saturday, April 04, 2009 3:39:00 pm  
Anonymous Harters said...

So. I've tried to order it. It is out of stock everywhere such is the raging success of HS.

Sandfords tell me they have it on order for me. It'll be with me in 2 weeks. They tell me author is a John Murray - presumably all this Simon Majumdar mularkey is just a pseudonym. I really think we should be told.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009 4:27:00 pm  
Blogger Roshni said...

Read about the book in the US Airways inflight mag and have already pre-ordered a copy on Amazon. Can't wait to read it!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:29:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:01:00 pm  

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