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Blackwell's Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford

Blackwell’s Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford

This weekend I attended the book launch of a fellow author: Philip Davies who has published the first in a series of young adult fantasy books called “Destiny’s Rebel.”

Philip is a member of a writers group I attend, and we were all delighted when he was at last able to announce he’d signed a contract for the publication of his book, after many trials and tribulations with agents and publishers – the kind of thing all writers can relate to. Philip has read aloud to us extracts from his novel during the past few years and we’d all come to know and love his sassy heroine Kat.

Philip held his book launch in Blackwell’s at 48-51 Broad Street in Oxford – and what a wonderful bookshop  it is.

Display for "Destiny's Rebel" at Philip Davies' book launch

Display for “Destiny’s Rebel” at Philip Davies’ book launch

The launch was held in the Norrington Room downstairs – one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world. Its a vast treasure cave of fascinating books on all possible subjects, on three levels. I was overwhelmed by the amazing abundance of books – it was like Hogwarts Library. And as Philip said in his speech, have we all considered what the world would be like if all the writers stopped writing? Well, there would be a good few books to keep us going for a while – judging by the contents of the Norrington Room – but what would happen if all the readers in the world stopped reading? For writers, readers are our lifeblood.

As you can see from the pictures, Philip’s book launch was a lovely occasion, with a  much-admired cake which looked exactly like his book – except it was larger, and edible!

Celebration book launch cake - Destiny's Rebel

Celebration book launch cake – Destiny’s Rebel

Do take a look at Philip’s book on his website and on Amazon – I’m looking forward to reading my signed copy very soon!

Philip Davies at his book launch

Philip Davies at his book launch

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Comments on: "Fellow Author’s Book Launch in “The Greatest Bookshop in the World”…" (3)

  1. Philip S Davies said:

    Thanks, Sheila, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the event. It’s an evening I will look back on and cherish for a very long time. As you might imagine, life is a bit of a whirlwind at present, but all good. I wish you the best of luck with your novels too.

  2. What a wonderful day and yes I do agree that we need writers and writers need readers and it must have been good to celebrate with a fellow writer in his book lunch day! Also that shop does sound amazing!

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