Oh yes. And I collected the twenty copies of The Eyre Affair from our local library. Julie was a little concerned about me carrying the box home - via a meandering walk through town - but it was well within my capabilities. OK, so my arms were cramping something rotten about an hour after we got home.
You may be interested to know that we will be kicking things off in fine style here on Julie's Gems with a video presentation of the book and goodies we will be giving away. If past clips are anything to go by, then it should be suitably shambolic. Between my general lack of preparation and Julie's willingness to subvert the proceedings at any and all possibility, it'll be a miracle if the camera doesn't burst into flames in a desperate, suicidal moment of self-immolation.
Back to the prizes.
As you already know, Anyone that can't make it to Roots Urban Cafe on Tuesday 23rd April (11am GMT) has the chance of winning one of five copies of a Jasper Fforde book. And I mean anyone. Whoever you are, wherever in the world, you are eligible to enter. If your name is pulled out of our hat, then we will send you prize to you, be it Shanghai, Stockholm or Swindon.
On top of that, on lucky person will nab themselves a veritable grab-bag of bits and bobs. So far, we have told you about Skallagrigg, Donald McGill and Grieg. Now, I want to introduce you to Stel Pavlou and Nicholas Parsons.
Stel Pavlou came to prominence by having a hefty hand in scripting the film The 51st State, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Not long after that, Pavlou published his first novel, Decipher.
Published two years before Dan Brown's execrable The DaVinci Code, Decipher reads like a blockbuster movie, far more coherent and exciting than its soon-to-be rival.
Like Skallagrigg, it's out of print, so I'm afraid you will be in receipt of a loved, but decent copy of the book. I'm really hoping you like it as much as me.
Nicholas Parsons, the man whose name invites plenty of schoolboy titters (if you don't know, don't ask),* heads a comedy panel show on BBC Radio 4 called Just A Minute. Various quick-witted celebrities are invited to discuss various topics for a minute without repetition, deviation or hesitation. You'd think this should be easy enough, except that everyone else is simultaneously trying to put them off by hectoring and challenging them over the oddest points...
I think the best thing to do is to invite you to have a listen to Paul Merton and Julian Clary doing their best.
There you go. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
Anyhow, this brings me to our next prize, a compilation of the best bits of the show from 2009
Spread over 2 CDs, this will keep you entertained for a little while, one would hope.
Right - that's all for now. The rest of the details will wait until Tuesday, and the video.
Tata for now!
*No, I mean it. Don't.