So yesterday was the official publication day for Death in Dulwich and, as well as a virtual Facebook party, I had a real life launch at the wonderful Village Books in the heart of Dulwich Village. I’ve been popping in to Village Books for years and have always loved its friendly, homey atmosphere and helpful, knowledgable staff, so I was really thrilled when Hazel, the owner, gave me the run of the place last night. What a honour!
Having walked past the shop so many times and seen other local authors holding events, and having also attended launches there myself, I never really thought the day would come when it would be my name outside on the familiar A-frame board, and my book on display in the window. In the window NEXT TO JOHN LE CARRE!
At the risk of sounding like an Oscar winner thanking her astrologer, I would like to blow kisses to all my family and friends who turned out and made the party really fun and special. There was a lovely mix of chums old and new, including my book group, my art group, very dear friends who’d come all the way from Brussels, the blogger Nappy Valley Girl and local Dulwich Councillor Jane Lyons.
Even having my arm twisted into doing a reading wasn’t tooooo bad with such a supportive crowd, though it could have been the Prosecco helping me to feel no pain at that point. And a really big thank you to my fantastic publishers, Laurence and Stephanie Patterson at Crooked Cat, who have been helpful, kind, enthusiastic and patient and, best of all, have made the book look really lovely.