Thanks to the kind prompting from May, I am finally getting around to writing about my talk and book signing at Hornsey Library last week. Even though it was my local library, I was a bit worried about how many people would turn up to an event for a little-known first-time author, so I was delighted to see all the seats filled. There was even somebody there from Prospero’s Books, the local independent bookshop that’s been really supportive of me and my book from the beginning. If you’re in north London any time, stop in there – it’s a good old-fashioned place, small but with a surprisingly good selection, and staff who actually appear to like and be knowledgeable about books.
Anyway, I spoke for 10 or 15 minutes, then read an extract from the book, and then there was a horrible few moments when I stopped for questions and nobody seemed to want to ask anything at all! But then somebody asked about how I researched the book, and after that the questions flowed for what seemed like a long time – maybe half an hour? Good, interesting questions, especially considering that many of them hadn’t read the book and were just going on my talk and the short extract. It all went well, and all the copies my publisher brought with him were snapped up. There was even this really nice guy who bought five copies to give to friends – there weren’t enough on the night, so I’m going to stop by at Legend Press today and sign them so that they can send them to him.
If you’re one of the people who came, thanks very much, and I’d love to hear your perspective on it. It seemed to go really well from my point of view, but you never know! Thanks to Wendy at the library and Lauren, Tom and Lucy at Legend Press for making the arrangements.
For those of you from further afield, dont’ worry – normal service will be resumed soon, i.e. book reviews! I have finished Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes and Zoe Jenny’s The Pollen Room, and plan to post reviews in the next few days.