Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Off to London for the Book Launch

So this is it - the gut wrenching moment when I have to stand up and wave the English version of my baby off into the London world of savage reviews and harsh critics.   We've planned a party at Foyles with lots of wine and Marks and Spencers nibbles and jazz musicians and hope lots of friends and book-loving folk will turn up.  No speeches, no boring bits, just fun and the hope that someone (or two) will buy a book.  Neil is organising the music and the bar and two of my daughters and a friend are doing the food, so it's a family affair.  I get incredibly nervous about these things - will anyone come?  will there be enough wine?  will they all enjoy themselves?  All the usual worries of the party-giver.
But I'm determined to celebrate - this book took me ten years from the proposal to the finished product and five solid years of writing and research.  It's taken a big chunk of my life.  So I will be cracking open the bubbly and saying a big thank you to all those who helped me along the way!
I'll be putting some photos up here at the weekend, once I'm safely back in Appleby.

5 comments:

  1. I hope you enjoy yourself, and that you sell quite a few books!

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  2. Sorry that my timing is such I've just left London for the sunshine, or I'd have been delighted to turn up and root for you and the book!

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  3. Oh I would have been there with bells on if I could. Your book deserves a bloody good party and I know it will get one, and excellent reviews. It's on my list of the five best books from 2010 and I will say that on Thursday on National Radio (NZ). GOOD LUCK.

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  4. All the best with it!
    It's a wonderful book.
    And no matter how hard you find facing this type of event you will do a fabulous job!

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  5. Thanks for all your support! It was a lovely evening and I did sell many, many more books than I'd expected.

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