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Mike Woodhouse's successful debut novel The Gypsy Code




An author has become a victim of his own success.

Mike Woodhouse has been amazed by the response to his debut novel The Gypsy Code. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Mike Woodhouse has been amazed by the response to his debut novel The Gypsy Code. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The launch of Mike Woodhouse’s debut novel, The Gypsy Code, was to be celebrated at the Saracens Head in Diss on April 6, but had to be cancelled because more than 450 people were eager to get their book signed instead of the 75 people anticipated.

“It was a great shame because we had put a huge effort into the promotion but we were a victim of our own success,” said Mr Woodhouse, who used to live in Diss for 11 years.

The cancellation caused book sales to go up by 350 copies, with sell-outs at as WH Smith and Waterstones across the UK.

So far, Mr Woodhouse has sold thousands of books since the launch on April 4 and his success has now also attracted the interest of various national newspapers, such as The Sunday Times, for which he was interviewed on Wednesday.

He said he hoped to reschedule the book signing for the near future.



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