The Chronicles of Downton Abbey was officially published today. That means that anyone who pre-ordered it on Amazon should have had it arrive through their letterbox this morning. (Or, more likely, they were out, the book wouldn’t fit and the postman has left one of those tedious ‘You were out when I called’ cards, meaning you have to either wait several days for the redelivery or join the lo-o-ng queue at a not-very-local post collection point to get it. In which case, sorry.) One of the joys of publishing – and there are a few – is that everyone feels the excitement of publication day. I got a beautiful bunch of flowers from my team at HarperCollins. Thanks guys. It was a gas.