The tour has been going splendidly!! I was signing in Southampton for 2 hours 45 minutes on Monday. Bournemouth was the only small turnout of the tour so far — I was only there for 45 minutes. I did a big schools event in Dorking on Tuesday, for 300 kids, and signed for 2 hours. Then I did a public event for 160 in Worcester in the evening, and signed for another couple of hours. I faced a long drive to Sheffield after that, and didn’t arrive at my hotel until well after midnight.
But today will be hard to beat — and not just for the events!!! It started with a mammoth schools event in Sheffield — 400 kids. I spent two hours signing, but that was at top-speed, with no time for photos or much smalltalk, because I had to catch a train. If I’d had more time, I would have easily spent another hour signing, maybe even more — I hate having to rush, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. In Liverpool there was a huge turnout for my public signing, and I was there for 3 and a half hours — wonderful!!! But the REAL magic of the day came after that. Spurs were playing Man City in the league. If we beat them on their home turf, we would secure 4th spot in the league and qualify for the Champions League/European Cup for the first time in almost 50 years!!! If we drew or lost, it would go down to the last game of the season on Sunday. I missed the first half hour, but for the rest of the match we were in command, playing like the home team, creating the best chances. And then, with 7 minutes left to go, we scored!!!! I whooped and hollered and cheered — then clung on to my bed for the rest of the match, hardly daring to believe. But then the final whistle blew and it was real — we were there!!!!! Well… we’ve qualified for the qualification stages at least. But that’s still further than we’ve been in half a century. It’s a wonderful night to be a Tottenham fan!!!!
Anyway, I’m off to dream sweet dreams. The tour continues tomorrow, with a signing in Nottingham and a fan event in Boston, Lincolnshire. It’s election day, and the country might have a new government by the end of the day, but in the world of Darren Shan it’s business as normal!!!