Four days from now, on Thursday of this week, the book will be officially published. This morning I feel like I have rounded the last bend on a long journey and can see the twinkling lights of home. There are still a few milestones to pass, but the great effort of producing a book is behind me.
I will pass the next (and most significant) milestone tomorrow when the great, the good and the powerful will gather when Lord Alton and I host a book launch at the House of Lords in one of the function rooms.
Lord Alton will give a short talk on his engagement with North Korea and I will speak about the experience of going from a relative know-nothing to a concerned observer. My association with Lord Alton through writing this book has also profoundly affected my faith and ignited a serious desire to contribute something, anything, to the effort to bring about positive change for North Korea and its suffering people.
To speak about this in front of Peers of the Realm, Members of Parliament, journalists, reviewers, networkers and loved-ones scares me. But if I am going to find some way of being part of the solution for ordinary North Koreans, I’d better get used to being scared.
This will be a milestone to remember.
Very soon the marketing marathon will begin, but perhaps my publisher, Lion, will allow me to rest my feet for the bank holiday weekend.
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