I started the whole process at the suggestion of Mary Sharpe, a very nice lady I met at Madingley Hall - the Cambridge College of Continuing Education. I was attending one of the weekend courses there, and we got chatting. I had just published Henry's Trials and was fretting about how to publicize the book on a very modest budget. During the next break she presented me with a piece of paper absolutely crammed with ideas. One of the most fruitful was to give talks to the U3A.
The talks did generate book sales, but soon they acquired a momentum of their own. With all of our modern media, television and the internet, possibly the very oldest and still the most highly effective form of entertainment - practiced by Homer, no less - is the simple process of one person just telling a story to an audience, whether the audience be one, one hundred or one thousand.