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Happy Birthday William…87 today

William E. Thomas, the author of Pegasus Falling and The Cypress Branches trilogy, was born on 2nd September 1925. Today was his 87th birthday.

To celebrate, the Thomas family gathered to wish him well. 87 is a lot of candles even for someone of a much younger age to blow out, so William made do with just one on his cake.

As many of you will know, William is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. He now resides in a care home in Milton Keynes in the UK. He is visited daily by his family and many friends who take every opportunity possible to spoil and make a fuss of him.

William received an early birthday present yesterday when we received the news that Pegasus Falling has been named as a finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012 contest. It is just one of five books in the running in the Literary Fiction category. This really is exciting news and the family are very proud of William’s achievement. It certainly put everyone in the mood for a party!

I’m sure all of his new friends in the indie publishing world would like to join the rest of his family in wishing William many happy returns.

I’ll leave you with a few more snaps from the family gathering earlier on today.

Happy reading,

Family gathers to launch Pegasus Falling

This post was originally published on on 25th March 2012

Four generations of William’s family gathered today (Sunday 25th March) to celebrate the launch of Pegasus Falling.

The event took place at the care home where William is now resident, so that the man himself could be a part of the day. William, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, got into the spirit of the occasion by sporting a vintage paratrooper’s beret – similar to the one he wore as a member of the parachute regiment during and after the second world war.

The family raised a toast to William and the success of the book with a glass of champagne (orange juice for the kids!) and enjoyed the glorious spring sunshine before leaving William to his well earned afternoon nap.

Thanks to all the family for making the effort to attend the party and give the book the perfect launch.