Talks, interviews, book signings, television studios, radio broadcasts, the business of having a novel published leads to thousands more new words being spoken, written, shared … Apart from a sore throat (kidding), I’ve enjoyed paperback publication enormously.
Highlights have been: lovely Eamonn Holmes at Sky Sunrise talking about both The Taxidermist’s Daughter and the Agatha Christie story I was commissioned to write by the BBC to commemorate her 125th birthday; a sell-out event in my home town of Chichester in the local library; being filmed for the Richard & Judy Bookclub; being a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends chaired by Clive Anderson – with Sara Cox, Kelis, Squeeze, Tony Christie, Fred Macaulay; a feature in ‘Red’ Magazine about taxidermy with a great photograph (often I’m squinting or looking in the wrong direction); a fabulous review in The Times. Mostly though, I suppose what’s been most exciting, is being out and about to meet readers.
So, a huge thanks to everyone at Orion – especially publicist Sam Eades who’s looked after me so well – and to all the readers, booksellers, librarians and journalists who’ve been so supportive.
This week is a little (ahem) quieter, before another flurry of events and signings in early October which will include the Manchester Literary Festival, the Uxbridge Literary Festival and the Dulwich Literary Festival in association with Dulwich books.
Finally, then, it will be back to the writing desk ….