Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Launch OMG You gotta come ....

I went in to the Big Green Bookshop - is it the last independent bookshop in North London?  It really is a great space for writers and booklovers. 
biggreenbookshop.com
 
 
 A Hippopotamus at the Table - my memoir out now on Amazon
A true story of a journey, a journey to a new life in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975.
Paperback available now on Amazon

Anyway I brought them a few copies of my book to sell.  Actually I was thinking about where to hold a book launch, but not sure if they'd be interested (confidence in my book seriously lacking - always need reassurance, dreading having reviews that rubbish it.... )  I know you're supposed to be confident and dynamic in promoting your book, but I'm trying not to be apologetic... well you might like it....some of it .... some chapters are Ok etc

I'm supposed to say 'Read my book everyone you'll love it, it's amazing.' I'm practising that one. Anyway Tim in The Big Green Bookshop offered to hold the book launch there and Simon (the co-owner) went 'Ooh, this looks really interesting, I'm going to take it home and read it tonight.'  or something....

Sooo... it will be there on SEPTEMBER 11TH at 7 pm... it's going to be advertised by them and public (OK you can only fit about 35 people in there).

You just have to come so put it in your diary.
 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Hippopotamus at the Table - my memoir out now on Amazon

A true story of a journey, a journey to a new life in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975.
Paperback available now on Amazon

 A young woman, with her husband and baby travelled to South Africa in 1975 at a time when apartheid was at its height. Their journey took them from a high rise apartment in Johannesburg, to a chicken farm and then a thousand miles across the Karoo to Cape Town. There they lived for over two years at a time of growing social unrest against the rigid strictures of the apartheid system. Her husband’s work as an actor took him touring from Cape Town to the townships and into major roles in innovative theatre. Her journey became a spiritual quest to make sense of the world in which she found herself, a world where black and white mingled but were kept apart.

The government of the time was clamping down, enforcing rigid censorship and the separation of people. It was the children of the townships who fermented the riots of 1976, rebelling against the oppressive rules of a hateful system. The murders of these children resulted in a huge outcry across the world. Censorship kept that largely hidden from many of the people who lived there.

This is a story of a young family living in those times in South Africa.  The effects of apartheid crept up on them until two tragedies drove them to realise that continuing to live there had become untenable.
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Reader’s comments so far:
Compelling, evocative, riveting memoir.
I think the easy narrative style did it for me.
This is a really impressive piece of writing.
I didn’t know much about South Africa under apartheid before reading this.
An unusual story to tell.

 Excerpt from the book:
‘Waiting at the reception desk to check in, I saw the toilet signs for the first time, in both Afrikaans and English – Blanke Dames (White Ladies), Nie Blanke Vrou (Non-White Females) … the first time I had to go, I stood outside, hesitating, feeling that by choosing one I was accepting their distinction.’

Book cover
 
 
Here's link to Amazon so you can buy my book.