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Terry Pratchett to launch NATION at Hayling Bookshop

- Tue 12th Aug 2008

The smallest island book shop and the Nation’s largest bookshop will join forces to launch Terry Pratchett’s new novel, NATION, at special events to be held on Saturday 13th September.

NATION is set on a small desert island and challenges the way we think about cultural identity, nationhood and the history of civilisation. To reflect the book’s setting and story, Random House Children’s Books plans to hold the biggest and smallest bookshop signings with the Hayling Island Bookshop (smallest) and Waterstone’s Piccadilly (biggest).

At just over 3m2, the Hayling Island bookshop is the smallest island bookshop with enough space to hold only one copy of each book it stocks. In contrast, Waterstone’s Piccadilly is set over 7 floors with 5000m2 of shop space, making it the biggest bookshop in Europe. It is at these two very different venues that fans will gather for the chance to meet Terry Pratchett and get a copy of NATION signed. Also, exclusively available to these two shops is a limited edition copy of NATION available to buy on the day of the signings (more details to follow).

On Saturday 13th September, Terry Pratchett will be signing at the Hayling Island Bookshop at 9am, and at Waterstone’s Piccadilly at 2pm.

Marie and Colin Telford, owners of the Hayling Island Bookshop, are thrilled to have secured the signing: “Events are a huge part of what we do and we’re over the moon to have someone as popular as Terry Pratchett visiting us. We’re going to decorate the shop with palm trees and jungle foliage to make our British island shop look like the tropical setting from NATION – it’s going to be a huge small signing!”

Waterstone’s are delighted to be holding the biggest signing event for the launch as Gary Deane
Waterstone's Children's Events Planner comments: “As our flag-ship store, there is nowhere better suited than Waterstone’s Piccadilly to holding a large signing with Terry Pratchett and we’re thrilled to be involved. We’re trying to build a nation of book lovers so holding the NATION signing here is very appropriate.”

Entry to the Hayling Bookshop event will be managed by a limited number of free numbered tickets available from Thursday 15th August by application in person or by calling The Hayling Island Bookshop 02392 466620. Further details about the signing will be published during August.
Contact Marie or Colin Telford, ,
02392 466 620 or 07880 986 624

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