Last night we were very pleased to host a launch event for local author Alison Mercer and her debut novel 'Stop The Clock'. The weather had thwarted our best-laid plans for a pleasant Summer evening event in the garden, so instead we had a bustling throng in the shop:
It's always very exciting to be there at the start of an author's writing career, and we have hosted a few launches since we opened six years ago. What was particularly nice about this one was the atmosphere, and the tremendous support Alison has, not just from friends, family and colleagues - but also from a publisher so obviously 100% behind a book - and an author - they believe in.
Alison's editor gave a heartfelt and superb speech about how the book came to be published...
..., and Alison herself was able to thank those people who had helped her on her writing journey.
Many of those people were in the shop last night, some travelling a long way to be there:
Having made sure we kept in the background most of the night, we took our opportunity to have our picture taken with the proud author right at the end:
Published by Black Swan, 'Stop The Clock' is a story of three friends: the plans they had for their futures at the turn of the century, how those plans don't always work out, and even when they do - the results are not what was expected.
It is already garnering some excellent reviews (it pains me to say this, but...ack...go take a look on *that* website), as well as some excellent reviews in the mainstream media. A five-star review in Closer magazine says "Effortlessly readable and sharply realistic, this is grown-up chick-lit at its very best.".
Of course, we are very pleased to have signed copies in the shop - so come in and discover an author who we believe is destined for big things...