On Wednesday evening I found myself eagerly awaiting the train to London, hoping it wouldn’t be late. Thankfully it wasn’t – Southern Rail were running on time!!
I was going to Waterstones Clapham to celebrate the launch of two books – one I know well, one I haven’t read. Goodnight, Boy is a brilliant YA novel from Nikki Sheehan (you can read my review here). Flight of a Starling is Lisa Heathfield’s third YA novel and if her previous offerings are anything to go by, it’s sure to be brilliant. Incidentally both books have gorgeous covers!
It’s always such a nice kind of event to be invited to and I felt privileged to join family, friends, book-ish folk (blook bloggers, agents, publicists) and of course the authors in celebrating. After some delicious Prosecco had been consumed, the speeches began, with congratulations from the editors at Rock the Boat (Nikki Sheehan) and Egmont (Lisa Heathfield). Nikki and Lisa then went on to thank their families, friends, publishers and other members of the book circle, including fellow authors who were there to help celebrate.
Writing a book is a lengthy process and then within minutes of release it takes on a life of it’s own which must be an amazing – and scary – feeling for an author. It was lovely listening to both authors describe who had supported them and helped them produce these wonderful books. Nikki spoke about the people who had been instrumental in her being a writer including her sons: ‘Without them there would be no point in writing’. Yes that did bring a tear to my eye, especially as I’m a mother of sons too.
Lisa mentioned that she used to be a teacher and that two of her ‘pupils’ were there whom she thanked. As it happened they were standing next to me, and I was so excited by this I had to speak to them. It turns out they still call her ‘miss’ – old habits – and even though it was about nineteen years ago they still keep in touch. I was excited because working in a school as I do, you can have such a positive influence on children’s lives (or not) and clearly Lisa had been an inspiration to these girls, now grown-up women. That they were there to support her and clearly felt very emotional about this book, was wonderful to see.
Clutching both the books, I got back on the train with the nice warm feeling that comes after being at one of these events. I love books.