London Book Fair 2014

Last week was the London Book Fair – for the last time at the Earl’s Court venue as they are moving to Olympia next year.  As always, it was busy and buzzing, filled with publishers, agents and providers of anything and everything to the book trade – fascinating!

The Choc Lit stand was a vision in fuchsia pink this year and really stood out – I loved it!  Seeing the shelves stacked with Choc Lit titles, all written by my friends the lovely “ChocLiteers”, was a joy, and lots of people stopped by to have a look and a chat, and of course to sample the chocolates on offer.  (Yes, I had my fair share, possibly a few too many …)

The Book Fair isn’t really aimed specifically at authors as such, but there are still lots of things of interest, not least the many varied talks, some of which I attended.  Really enjoyed listening to Katie Fforde, Manda Scott and Jo Fletcher discuss genre fiction for example.  Wandering along the many aisles you come across all manner of sights and my favourite this year was the virtual fish pond with koi fish swimming leisurely.  If you stepped on it, the water rippled – magic!

The best thing for me though is just being surrounded by books on all sides, that’s pure bliss!

Korea was the featured country this year

The "koi pond"

Me with Alison Morton and Sue Moorcroft

Strange sofa!


  1. Thanks for making me feel as though I was there! That certainly was an eye-catching colour 🙂

    Comment by Angela Britnell — April 12, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

  2. Lovely to see you there. The Choc Lit stand was the prettiest at the fair!

    Comment by Elaine Everest — April 12, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

  3. A really interesting read – and such fab photos. Love the pink but not sure about the pond. I think I’d be scared to stand on a fish!

    Comment by Kathryn Freeman — April 12, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

  4. Sounds wonderful and so are the photos. The koi pond would amuse me no end 🙂

    Comment by Tina Brown — April 13, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  5. Thanks, Angela, glad you felt you were “virtually” there! 🙂

    Kathryn – I don’t normally like pink, but this deep fuchsia was really pretty. And I think I did stand on a fish – he didn’t mind LOL!

    Tina – yes, it was amazing, I want one for my house!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — April 13, 2014 @ 11:20 am

  6. I, too, thought the Choc Lit stand looked amazing – you really couldn’t miss it. And as for the chocolates…. No wonder it was so busy each time that I stopped by. 🙂

    Comment by Liz Harris — April 13, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

  7. Thanks Pia! I really enjoyed the pictures and feeling I was there 🙂

    Comment by Beverley Eikli — April 13, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

  8. Fabulous photos, Pia. I was sorry to have to miss the Book Fair this year – but consultants aren’t renowned for their perfect timing! Your pictures helped me be ‘there’ in a virtual way 🙂
    The Choc Lit stand looked fabulous too! You deserved to eat the chocolates. xxx

    Comment by Berni Stevens — April 13, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

  9. Lovely to get a glimpse of what went on. Great pictures!

    Comment by Chris Stovell — April 13, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

  10. Really interesting to see the inside, thanks for posting Christina. It looks so much exciting than all the dull old trade fairs I’ve been to!

    Comment by Jules Wake — April 14, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  11. Elaine – thank you, I thought so too (but then I may be a bit biased)! 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — April 14, 2014 @ 11:50 am

  12. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed the post! xxx

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — April 14, 2014 @ 11:51 am

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