1. Nervous hack (me) sits in green room at literary festival with editor. Hack says “you are going to tell that story about Peter Cook leading the invasion of the Mirror office, aren’t you?”
2. Editor spots clock at front of stage counting down to end of hour-long sessions, says “have I got time to tell the Cooky story?” Hack says yes. Editor tells Cooky story. Audience laughs, claps. Hack relieved.
3. Other hack in audience spends three days trying to sell story to someone, despite fact it is detailed at length in book first hack is plugging (pp. 189-191, fact fans!)
4. Story appears in Guardian media diary.