I have a big few days coming up. First the paperback edition of SPQR comes out, technically on 1 April. This isn't quite like the experience of the appearance of the first hardback edition. If that is like giving birth, this is more like celebrating the child's first birthday. We're going out to dinner to mark the occasion -- and I'm also talking at an LRB event at the Senate House in London on the 1st (which I think is all sold out), and doing a few radio interviews. The pleasure really is that the book meets a new audience. There have been some very good deals on the hardback (which is a really lovely product, all writing apart). But the paperback is going to be widely available for under £7.50, and in handy "shove it in your suitcase" form. So that is something to be pleased about.
Perhaps even more to be chuffed about is that on 5 April, I am going to be talking in Oxford and receiving 'The Bodley Medal" (that's one side above, the other below).