You’ve probably already heard the hilarious story about American tourist, David Willis, getting trapped in the Trafalgar Square branch of Waterstones (a bookstore). If you haven’t, here are the basics: Willis was browsing on the upper level at the end of the day for about 15 minutes. When he came back downstairs the shutters were down and the lights off and he was living my (and any other book lover’s) fantasy–he was locked in a massive bookstore. A series of phone calls followed by tweets got him freed a few hours later as well as making him a Twitter sensation.
Waterstones, keen not to miss out on an opportunity, partnered with holiday rental site Airbnb (which we’ve used a few times now) to offer ten lucky booklovers, along with a guest, a sleepover in their massive Piccadilly store with a book of their choice, comfy air mattresses, snacks and breakfast the following morning.
Over 1,200 people entered the contest which simply asked the question: what book you would read if you were to spend the night in a bookshop, and why? On a whim, I entered. My answer was: ‘If I were to choose any book, it would be Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See because I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to read it the way it deserves to be read—devoured in one sitting.’
I checked Airbnb a few times throughout the day to see if I’d had a response to my entry but by the evening I gave up. And then, around 10 last night, I got an email saying I was one of the lucky ten! To say I squealed would be an understatement.
So tomorrow night, I will be spending the night at Waterstones! N will be coming along as my guest, of course. Expect a post this weekend with photos galore and lots of exclamation points. I’ll also be live tweeting tomorrow night. You can follow me on twitter here. To keep up with the sleepover, check out #WaterstonesSleepover on Twitter. It’s sure to be an amazing night!