I might be slightly biased, but I think this was one of the best launch parties ever! It was so special for me to hold the launch in a shop which has become the home of my writing, and also to be able to fill the window of the shop with all the lost things that I had found whilst writing KEEPER. We decorated the inside of the shop with vintage teapots and cups and saucers in honour of ‘the lovely cup of tea’ and there were roses and rose petals everywhere. The wonderful Blushing Cook, aka Sammi-Jo Gascoyne, made some exquisite little cakes, decorated with lost things and tiny images of the book cover and there was lots of wine and general merriment. I was genuinely touched by all the people who turned out on a cold, Thursday night in January to support me and the launch of KEEPER. Some of them were old friends who have been with me from the start on what has been a long and bumpy road to publication, some were loyal friends and customers of the bookshop, and some I had never met before, but have encouraged and supported me on social media. My shoes were bought especially for the occasion, and for those of you who have read the book, you will understand why!
Photos by Adrian Bullers.