When myself and my agent – Hannah of Not Just a Face Media – sat down to plan out the launch night for The Last Train Home & Other Stories, Wednesday 12th September seemed like a very long time away…
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of both friends and strangers – the former in helping me organise and set-up everything; the latter – in the case of the host venue, Clapham Books, the photographer and my front cover/promotional material designer – giving their time and expertise pro bono.
Also overwhelming was the turn out, considering it was a rather squally, miserable, mid-week night in South West London. Several guests traveled from far afield – one attendee came all the way from Frankfurt in Germany, and I think wins the prize for miles covered hands down. I got to meet so many new people, catch-up with others I haven’t gotten to see for years. The only downside was that there were in fact so many people, I barely got to speak to any of them!
I managed to get through my speech and read two of the stories from the collection aloud without a single stumble! Then on to the Q&A session. My biggest fear was that nobody would ask me anything, so this was the part I was dreading! As it turned out, there was no shortage of questions, mostly about The Last Train Home & Other Stories – as is only proper! – but also got to talk about my upcoming novel as well. Check back soon for a transcript of the Q&A session.
After a little more networking and wine drinking (which at this point I was thankfully able to participate in!) it was time for the after-party at The Bellevue, Clapham Common, for we hardy few, uncaring that it was a ‘school night’! Not to be a gossip, but there was an after-after-party as well, with some guests not getting to their beds until the wee hours.
Sadly, I couldn’t attend my own book launch after-after-party. I had to go back to the day job on Thursday morning..! I’m looking forward to the day when Penguin Publishing or one of its contemporaries comes a-knocking, and all this IS my day job…!
HUGE THANK YOUs
- To all my amazing guests: other half, friends, family and strangers!
- Clapham Books, for being a fantastic venue.
- The Belle Vue
- Will Layzell Photography
- Tom Windsor, the designer
- My glamorous hostesses: Ksenia, Laura & Nicola.
- Hannah Maden, director of Not Just a Face Media Ltd, without whom, none of this would have been possible.
My dress is from Oasis’ Limited Edition range, ‘London Love Letters’.
In celebration of the resounding success of The Last Train Home‘s Launch Night, I am extending the time period for my one third off promotion. Click here for more details!