Christmas Cracker

THERE has been no let-up in my promotional tour for The Longest Shadow.

Last Saturday at WH Smith, Stirling I completed my second sell out book signing in a fortnight there, with all 35 books gone inside two hours.

Possibly the most satisfying moment of my time there was when a man who had bought a copy of TLS at my previous signing a fortnight earlier came over to see me and tell me he had enjoyed it so much he had gone and bought a copy of The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror the second instalment of the Thoroughgood series.

For me that is the ultimate proof that a reader has enjoyed your book!

The picture below shows my cosy little signing table set up for the event – notice a cup of Café Nero Mocha in the background – a must at 11am on a Saturday morning!


This weekend I am off to WH Smith’s flagship store in Argyle Street, Glasgow, for a Sunday afternoon signing starting at 2pm.

This is the biggest selling book store in Glasgow and Brian McIntyre, the General Manager, goes out of his way to make any author attending a signing at his store very welcome with an endless supply of much appreciated coffee.

I have high hopes of beating my personal best at this one!!!

As a special reward for my “good work” at WH Smith, Stirling I treated myself to a special “selfie” Christmas present courtesy of my favourite paper The Daily Telegraph, pictured below!!!


This week has marked the passing of a true legend of stage, screen and the bar..with Peter O’Toole’s death.

His performance as TE Lawrence of Arabia, in David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia, is one of the most compelling performances I have ever seen and how O’Toole did not get an Oscar for it is beyond me.

For those of you who bought a copy of TLS you will come across a passage in the book that refers to Lawrence and the legendary Brough Superior motorbike, he affectionately called George V, and on which ultimately, helmetless, he met his death.

Below is a pic of the Daily Telegraph’s fascinating obituary of O’Toole – a tear stained one I hasten to add!!



Anyway I will round off by thanking everyone who has bought a copy of TLS and wishing them and everyone else out there a very Merry Christmas.



About R.J Mitchell

Scottish author R.J Mitchell has three titles to his name, Parallel Lines: The Glasgow Conspiracy, The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror, and The Longest Shadow. All featuring everyones favourite Detective, Gus Thoroughgood.
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2 Responses to Christmas Cracker

  1. DAVID SWAIN says:

    have read all 3 books brilliant is there a 4th i hope

    • R.J Mitchell says:

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      11 chapters into first draft of book 4…set in 1989 and called “The Shift”.

      If you follow me on twitter @spitfiremedia you will see how it is going etc1

      Thank you again,


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