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Jeeves at the Waterstones Sleepover

It’s many a book lovers dream to be secretly locked in a bookshop over night, a comfy leather armchair to sit in, a coffee machine at one’s disposal and free reign over miles of laden bookshelves. Which must explain the huge response to Texan tourist David Wills’s recent cosy incarceration in Waterstones Trafalgar Square. It also explains our readiness to be involved in Friday’s Waterstones Sleepover, organised with Air Bnb.

19 lucky guests were treated to a tour of Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookshop, before being surprised by Hercule Poirot browsing the bookshelves and then highly entertained by our very own Jeeves, who did a very spirited reading from Hutchinson’s new Wodehouse collection, Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit. Guests then heard sleep tips from Night School author Richard Wiseman before retiring to the children’s department to find their beds waiting, along with goody bags, containing proof copies of Hutchinson debut Lost & Found by Brooke Davis, in which the main character finds herself locked in a department store overnight.

Here are some of our favourite moments from the evening…

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