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!