A first advance copy of 'There Was an Old Sailor' was posted to me more than a week before Christmas. (thanks Virginia at Walker Books) I received notification of this while I was at Salamander Bay and was looking forward to it being at home waiting for me. But alas, alack, due to reasons unknown (postal strike, Christmas mail volume) it didn't make it. Agggh! Frustrating to know it was in transit but not arriving. But, first mail yesterday, there it was!
It looks fantastic. Even better than the scans, gorgeous as they were. You can see the cover here.
Luckily we were having visitors for dinner so I didn't have to wait long before beginning to share my book with the world. :)