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Ottakers, Bury St Edmunds UK, 2006 - Review

by Tammy Bunting

Well here I am again, John has asked me to do this review, so blame him.

It was September 20th, we arrived with plenty of time, I was in need of the coffee, and what great luck Ottakers has a wonderful coffee bar in store.

So after the much needed refreshment, I explored the shop and spoke to staff on variety of subjects and found them a cheerful, happy group eager to be of help without being pushy.

Then to join the now growing queue of Feist fans awaiting the arrival of the great man. While we still had about half an hour to go, we chatted to those waiting.

A table had been set up about 30ft from the entrance, which encouraged people who were unaware of Mr Feist works to ask questions of those waiting and also Mark, the assistant standing on mob control at the door (lol) only joking. He was very pleasant and answered all questions put to him, however silly with total professionalism. His knowledge of fantasy fiction was great and I believe this sort of attitude ran among all the staff in there own departments.

Mr Feist arrived a little late, but it was market day and the roads around the town were very busy. He wore a broad smile as he entered the store and was escorted to the table by Mark and another who I assume was the store manager. Rebecca of Harper Collins arrived moments later, and the signing began.

Many smiles left the store that lunchtime as each person got there book, and in some cases books, signed, and having a chat with the wonderful man they had waited to see. As in previous signings there was no rush and time was made for small chats with all. Towards the end of the signing Mr Feist even made a small lad of four smile as he chatted to him, while his father looked at books. Maybe a Feist Fan of the future.

My opinion of this signing:-

Great store, with a marvellous team of assistants and a coffee bar as well brings them high in my books.

Rebecca of Harper Collins, a professional lady with a charming way of making people feel at ease, as I said in my previous review in my opinion an asset to her company.

Mr Feist looked relaxed and was in a joyous mood which seemed infectious to his fans. He has a witty sense of humour that really appeared today.


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