BOOK LAUNCH, I Dreamt the Sweetest Dreams

The book I Dreamt the Sweetest Dreams, a memoir by Dilsa Doddrell, was launched in Petts Wood Methodist Church on 9th November. It was a joyful, memorable event attended by around 100 people who gathered in the Queensway Hall to savour a delicious afternoon tea followed by the book signing. The proceeds of the book sales were donated to Happy Child-– an institution that cares for vulnerable children in Brazil, of which she is Patron. Dilsa and John are delighted to announce that so far the book launch has raised £1,300. They would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who acquired a copy of the book and are deeply indebted to those who worked very hard to organise the afternoon tea, beautifully decorated with flowers, making the occasion a success much appreciated by the guests.

During the event, John Doddrell spoke about the book and read some extracts from it illustrating Dilsa’s origin in a small village in Northeast Brazil. He also highlighted aspects of her remarkable journey by which, in pursuit of her dreams, she travelled from her humble beginnings to the bright lights of the big Brazilian cities, and on to London where she completed her doctorate. She later married an Englishman who was appointed British Consul General in Brazil and, after 20 years living in the UK, returned to her home country but this time sharing responsibilities with her husband in representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Following John’s speech, a representative of Happy Child, Caroline Taylor, spoke about the Institution and thanked Dilsa for donating the profits of the book launch to the work developed in her hometown Recife. Dilsa had the final word and thanked everyone for their presence and the invaluable help given by those who organised the event. She concluded by saying “I hope that you enjoy reading the book and don’t fall asleep half way through…but, if you do, I hope that you dream the sweetest dreams.”

If you were unable to attend the book launch but would like to obtain a copy, or would like to obtain another copy as a present for a friend or relative, please contact Dilsa by email or by phone 01689 605 959/ 0755 444 2010