Very busy day yesterday as I did two different events, Highgate book group in the morning, and Mostly Books, a fantastic bookshop in Abingdon near Oxford.
The ladies in Highgate were delightful, most of them had read the book so we could get quite in depth, and many had been to Venice so we had a good old chat about the city too. I came away with a lovely bunch of flowers, so thank you to Sandra and all the ladies for such a nice tribute.
In the evening it was off to Abingdon and a great bookshop called Mostly Books - a great olde worlde shop with some fantastic stock, lovely staff and some hidden 'Hogwart-y' back rooms crammed with children's books. A real jewel, so visit if you're in the area! The evening was quite relaxed and very enjoyable - I had the great pleasure to meet the other speaker, Bethan Roberts, acclaimed author of 'The Pools' and hear her read beautifully from 'A Good Plain Cook', her latest book. I spoke about the Glassblower briefly and did a short reading, then we both took questions, which were all very interesting and intelligent...to be expected from a literate bookshop audience! Thanks to Mark and all the staff at this great little shop, and to my siblings Veronica and Rick for coming along to support me and calm the nerves!