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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!

The Gilded Fan is a Winner!

This year’s RoNA’s (the RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards) took place in the gorgeous Gladstone Library at One Whitehall in London, and I think a good time was had by all!  The pink fizz was flowing, the canapés were delicious and the tables were covered in pink heart-shaped chocolates (my personal favourite, of course!).  As always, at an RNA gathering, the noise levels had to be heard to be believed.

There were lots of witty speeches (although probably not mine – can’t actually remember what I said), and I particularly enjoyed those of Milly Johnson, Dr David Hessayon and Helen Fielding.  The awards were presented by the lovely Darcey Bussell and it was a great pleasure to meet her.

For me, it was an extra special evening as The Gilded Fan won the Historical category, despite being shortlisted together with amazing authors Liz Harris, Charlotte Betts, Carol McGrath, Annie Murray and Joanna Hickson.  I was so thrilled the readers had chosen my story – huge thanks to them, whoever they are!  (Readers for the award are anonymous)  And of course, a massive thank you to the wonderful Choc Lit team who believed in this story and published the book!

The RNA’s press release can be found here.

With Darcey Bussell

With Dr David Hessayon

All the RoNA winners with Ms Bussell

Presenting flowers to the lovely Katie Fforde