Earlier this week we officially launched The Great Post Office Scandal at an event at The Law Society. This post should have been posted earlier but it has been a whirlwind ever since.
Nick Wallis, the author, speaking to the audience
The idea behind it was to bring together some of the victims, campaigners, lawyers and journalists featured in the book all in one room - some for the first time in person - and honour their efforts. Without their willingness to share their stories so that a wider audience can understand what happened, the book would not exist.
We think it all went to plan and hope everyone left with fond memories and renewed energy. The speeches were inspirational. I should particularly note those from Seema and Davinder Misra, the former Subpostmasters who wrote the introduction for the book, as their words really brought the human angle to the fore and that of Lord Arbuthnot, the long-time campaigner on the issue, whose closing line about the institutional failures exposed by the saga, ‘Words fail me’ was a powerful way to sum up the general feeling of all in the room.
Nick with Seema and Davinder Misra
Words fail me too if I try describe the support and enthusiasm for the book exuded by all in the room. It was an honour to meet everyone - and a shame that I missed so many. Hopefully some other time.
Stock and delivery update
We are aware that some people have received their books and others have not. Orders started leaving our warehouse last Friday but not all in one go so delivery may be staggered. Ironically we are also at the mercy of the Royal Mail which might mean delivery is piecemeal. However I can assure you that books are now on the way to everyone who has ordered in advance and that new direct orders are being dispatched the next day.
If you are looking for the book on Amazon and other outlets, their stock is on the way from our distributors but we are at the mercy of supply chains at the moment (our printers were later than expected knocking everything off course) so how long it will take for warehouses to book stock in is in the lap of the Gods. Fingers crossed in the next day or two.
If you want to read the book immediately (and why wouldn’t you) there is always the ebook available from us or the Kindle version on Amazon.
PS We have a stack of photos from the night. If you were there and would like one as a momento, please get in touch and we will see if we can find one of you.