I have to write as I have just finished your book and want to congratulate you. I got into the book very easily, which I don't always with novels. I also got attached to the characters easily, and was genuinely upset when Jean Paul died, I had hoped his life was going to turn around. it is a fascinating story and I can't begin to imagine the huge amount of research you must have put into it, both from the boat journey at the start and right through the experiences in America. I was constantly concerned for Napoleon, loveable animals tend to have unhappy endings in a lot of books, so i was relieved that he survived. I couldn't help but think of Nell as Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon. Do you have a cast lined up for the film? I kept expecting the stolen egg to turn up again, and the theft having something to do with the baron, just hope the people who stole it died horribly. I hope it is a huge success, it deserves to be. Best wishes, Kevin.