A couple of nice reviews in the past few days. The Daily Mail – a new novel by Laurie Graham always quickens the pulse and this one does not disappoint, and the Sunday Times – the sheer panache with which Graham conjures up the era’s music halls is particularly appealing. All very gratifying. The Saturday Times review was a bit begrudging but to get reviewed at all in this overcrowded pre-Christmas market is cause enough for celebration and anyway publishers are always prepared to do a little selective filleting of a review if it contains even one clause that can be recycled as praise. There is truly no such thing as bad publicity.