If you are ever lost in Notting Hill, or even if you aren’t lost in Notting Hill, or even in Notting Hill now, I recommend that somehow, sometime soon you stop for a browse in the book shop there known as Daunt Books. It is a very lovely place full of books by all sorts of people other than me, but with a few by me too. Rodney the manager, so it turns out, has a finer eye for fine writing than even the great Ezra Pound and stocks his shelves accordingly … . Rodney and Lucie hosted the launch of Silt Road there last week, looked after me very well, sold many copies and were generally very nice indeed. So, Daunt’s Holland Park, a wonderful shop, full of very fine books, no sign whatsoever of Hugh Grant and not a bad place to pause while you wait for spring. Thank you Rodney and Lucie.