I was looking at the Man Booker Prize for Fiction long-list a few weeks ago and noticed there was an author with the same name as me.
D.J. Taylor's Derby Day is the novel in contention and I was searching for it on a few book websites when I noticed that there was an omnibus of three of Taylor's other novels on sale for a relatively decent price.
The book was available via a third party seller on Play.com, so I bought it from them.
And then - when I received my order notification by email - I noticed the potential for comedy.
The email read something like this:
Dear D J Taylor,
Thank you for your order of Returning by D J Taylor.
It was like a J.R. Hartley from the Yellow Pages commercial moment.
Only, I wasn't buying my own book.
Still - the people packing and sending off the item wouldn't have known that. I would love it if the workers thought I was looking to buy my own book just like that advert from years ago.
A few days after receiving the book, I was asked to leave feedback about the seller. There was only one word I could use, and was one that J.R. Hartley used in the commercial.
I simply typed 'Wonderful!'.