I have neglected my blog for some time, but I’ve just experienced my first book launch, which is certainly worthy of a post!
Back in 2011, Headline sent me out a copy of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’ve just been back and read my review, and it’s actually more critical than I remember! Oops! However… whereas many books soon disappear into the depths my mind, this one has stood the test of time. For me, this is often the sign of a damn good book – one which I look back on with a lot of fondness, and would even consider re-reading (I’ve only re-read about 6 books in my life!)
Fast-forward a few years, and the final book of the trilogy, The Book of Life, is almost ready for publication. Knowing this re-ignited my excitement for the trilogy, so I was rather happy when in the post appeared a box with a little bottle of wine, straight from Matthew’s cellar (fans of the books will understand) with an invite to a book launch!
I’ve had a few invites before, but I haven’t been able to attend. This one was on a Friday evening, in the middle of summer (light nights for travelling), and was really too good to be missed, so I booked the afternoon off work, and took myself up to London.
The setting, in the Royal Institute ,was lovely, and we were greeted with drinks. After lots of mingling, and looking for people I knew only from Twitter, Deborah arrived, and came around to meet everyone. This was followed by a brilliant Q&A session with Deborah, where we found out lots of interesting information about the books, and Deborah’s writing, including the fact that she cried when she finished the final book!
I came home happily cradling my signed book, a very cool wine glass charm (it’s on the wine bottle in the piccie), a cup cake, and some fantastic memories!
My thanks to the people at Headline who put all this together, especially Caitlin Raynor, hi to all the nice people I met there, and a HUGE thank you to Deborah for coming over, and for being so lovely! It was a great experience, and something I hope to do again in the future.
PS If you’re yet to hear about the All Souls Trilogy, it’s perfect for those who love historical fiction (although much is set in the modern-day world), along with witches, vampires etc. The key to Deborah’s characters is that she asks what would a witch or vampire be like if they were a part of our world.. how would they maintain certain powers, but remain hidden? It certainly makes you wonder what really *could* be going on around us! 🙂