I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ten minutes ago. NO SPOILER. I am merely writing to trumpet the fact that I survived my media blackout intact. I started reading yesterday late afternoon, and read through today from about 1pm until now – 7.30pm. I have always been a snappy reader – and I’m so glad a) because I wouldn’t have got any work done tomorrow if I hadn’t finished it, and b) because the longer it took me the more scared I would have been of finding out in some misplaced email or something how it all turned out.

M was v.good and stayed out of my way, offering me the occasional lime fizz. It’s lucky I don’t do this too often, because I’m incapable of reading for lengthy periods of time without sustenance. So, today’s effort took me through two oranges (fruit! who knew?), a bowl of popcorn, several scotch finger biscuits, several soy and linseed biscuits, a third of a bag of dried apricots and several cups of strong tea. I feel like I’ve been on a rollercoaster.