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.
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!
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!