OK, life just got even more surreal – an extract from Oh Sugar was printed in the Daily Express today!
I was at work so I made a beeline for WHSmith in my lunch break. I grabbed a copy of the paper and scanned the health section for a tiny article about sugar. I got a bit of a shock when I saw it; I didn’t expect the article to be so big! Spread over two pages, with a bold red headline and eye-catching images, it really stands out. Wow.
Interesting thing to learn though: I had assumed the extract would be an unabridged version but of course it has to be heavily ‘cut and pasted’ to make a stand-alone article make sense. Naturally, this means the writing doesn’t flow as well as it does in the book. But even so, the end result is way more than I had hoped for (I had visions of a little unassuming article crammed into a dark corner somewhere)! It’s on the Daily Express online (minus the fancy heading and photos) if you want to take a look.
I decided to buy a couple of copies (in case one gets destroyed in some freak newspaper-destroying accident). And when the lady at the till questioned whether I wanted two copies of the same paper, I nodded wisely and managed to resist the temptation to tell her “… actually, one of my articles is in the health section.” (Ha, note ‘one of my’, like I write for the Daily Express every day.)
To top things off, Oh Sugar! is being sold through the Express bookshop too. When I last checked, it was featured on the front page, next to Davina’s ‘Sugar-Free’ book – a fact I am rather liking!