A Novel Way To Deliver a Book


I know things are pretty tough at the post office but just how tough can they be if they need to use scarecrows to deliver my books!


My wonderful local post office on Hayling Island, run by friendly and ever-helpful Andy and Sharon Altendorff, decided to enlist the services of a scarecrow to deliver my latest crime novel which is now available in paperback and called Deadly Waters.


The Scarecrow, designed and made by Postmaster Andrew Altendorff and his gang, is part of the annual Scarecrow Festival held on Hayling Island in Hampshire. It runs from July 26th to August 9th and this year has attracted over 246 entries. Its main sponsor for 2008 is the Hayling Island Bookshop, and the award for the best scarecrow will take place on Saturday 2 August at the Hayling Carnival.

There are some great scarecrows dotted around Hayling Island including the three fire fighters scrambling over the roof of our part-time fire station, the pirate in his boat in Church Road, the piano player on Havant Road and so many more from vicars to brides, ghosts to spongebob and hundreds more I haven't even seen yet. But you've got to look for them because some are on roofs, patios and other obscure places. So, if you're anywhere near Hayling Island in Hampshire come and follow the scarecrow trail. But you'll have to be quick because on 9 August they all disappear to scarecrow land, never to be seen again.

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