I went to my first ever book event last night (Wednesday 23rd January 2019) in Liverpool and it was fantastic.
The event was Headline New Voices 2019 and I was invited to the event by Becky Hunter from Headline Books. Headline Publishing Group is a publishing company based in London and their official Twitter account is @headlinepg.
The event took place at Frederik’s in Liverpool. There was an open bar, some food was laid on and the room was buzzing with bloggers, authors, and publishers. The venue was an amazing place with good vibes and energy and was perfect for this kind of event.
I went to the event alone and not really knowing what to expect but assuming it would be laid out like a panel of sorts. However, that couldn’t be further from how the event was set up. At one end of the room was the bar, and at the other end were tables set up with books from each of the authors. In between, there were tables for us to all sit at and the entire evening was done very casually allowing us to socialise with everyone.
It was such an enjoyable event and I really thought the way it was hosted and laid on was amazing. It made it a lot easier for someone like me (who turned up to the event on their own and unsure of what to expect) to socialise and meet new people. I can be quite a social butterfly with people I know, but I can be a little bit of an introvert when it comes to meeting new people when I’m alone. However, this was done with ease and a little help from Georgina Moore who is the Communications Director at Headline and Tinder Press. As soon as she saw me on my own (not 2 minutes after I walked in and sat down) she had me over to another table sitting with some other ladies and chatting away. It was such a nice vibe and I couldn’t be more thankful to her for helping me with that process (honestly, there’s a good chance I’d have sat there not talking to anyone all night otherwise).
The ladies I spent most of the night with were so lovely and from all different walks of life. I haven’t met any bloggers face-to-face before, so this was (albeit daunting) a really eye-opening experience for me and I had an absolute blast.
Below is some information about the authors and their books. Enjoy!
Richard Lumsden – The Six Loves of Billy Binns
Release date: 24th January 2019
THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman’s ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and the warmth and humour of Rachel Joyce’s THE PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY.
At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his life – and the events that shaped the century – he recalls a life full of hope, heartbreak and, above all, love.
Harriet Tyce – Blood Orange
Release date: 21st February
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…
Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.
I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.
Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.
But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….
Sarah Davis-Goff – Last Ones Left Alive
Release Date: 7th March 2019
Remember your Just-In-Cases. Beware Tall Buildings. Watch Your Six
Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight.
When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors, and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves, and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born.
Dominic Nolan – Past Life
Release Date: 7th March 2019
Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything.
Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape.
Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.
Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.
Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?
Emily Gunnis – The Girl in the Letter
Release Date: 4th April 2019
A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.
1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant, she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.
Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…
Read her letter. Remember her story…
Rhik Samadder – I Never Said I Loved You
Release Date: Spring 2019
A funny, raw and powerful new voice on the subject of depression, masculinity and coming-of-age. A hilarious and deeply effective memoir from a man who opened up for the first time on an unlikely backpacking trip with his mother in Thailand.
So, there you have it, my first ever book event with some fantastic authors and very exciting anticipated book releases.
Which of these books catch your eye the most? Let me know in the comments below.