Just over a month ago, I received a very exciting invitation from Quercus Books to attend an evening they were hosting to talk about some of their forthcoming books at their HQ. Needless to say, as someone who has always wanted to attend a bookish event in London, I was delighted to be invited, and decided to book a couple of days off work and head to the capital for a much needed break! And since that day I have been so excited about meeting fellow bloggers, and picking up some more reading inspiration, and I had been counting down the days until Wednesday evening, where I discovered some fabulous new books to add to my TBR. Here is a little of what I got up to…
On arrival at Carmelite House I was so excited to be there and quickly recognised some familiar faces and some bloggers whose blogs and social media accounts I have followed for months if not years! Although being a little shy I didn’t quite muster up the courage to speak to all of them! But the atmosphere was wonderful, with lots of book lovers in one place, and the Quercus staff were so friendly and welcoming.
Walking into the cafe and roof terrace for the first time was amazing. The team had done such a fabulous job of putting together this event which showcased a great selection of books due to be published in 2019. It was clear a lot of thought went into each of the books presentation, In the case of The Dollmaker by Nina Allen, which looks to be an unusual love story in which the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred, there were even a few dolls keeping guard over the piles of proofs. Due to be published in March 2019, this is one that I am intrigued about!
Also out in March is Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain. I was excited to spot this amongst the forthcoming crime reads having recently read and enjoyed her previous novel, The Confession (review here) Dirty Little Secrets concerns a death in a gated community and I like the idea of finding out more about the residents of this small community and what they may have to hide. Other crime reads to look out for include Village Of The Lost Girls by Agustin Martinez, a Spanish thriller which is to be published in January, A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfon and Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward.
One of the first books that caught my eye was the latest novel from Elly Griffiths which is out next month! The Stranger Diaries is described as a modern murder mystery with a gothic twist which sounds like a perfect read for the winter months! Another that caught my eye was The Night Tiger by Yansze Choo which also features a murder mystery element alongside a story of friendship and love. Definitely one to look out for in February.
Other books I picked up included Our Child Of The Stars by Stephen Cox (January 2019) When I saw that this was a story of a lost boy which has the warmth of The Snow Child and the otherworldly elements of The Humans I knew it was one I would love to read as Eowyn Ivey and Matt Haig are amongst my favourite writers! And March sees the publication of The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley which looks like a read that will transport you to the Italian Riviera – perfect for a bit of escapism!
I loved the way the event had been set out to represent each of the books and was surprised to see there was even a bedroom set up! This is in honour of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel The Flatshare (May 2019) and it was great to see Beth in attendance talking about her book which looks to be an uplifting and humorous read about two twenty-somethings who plan to share a flat despite not having met before. There looks to be a lot of excitement building around this one so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to pick up a copy, and to have a think about my own dream flatmates…
Beth wasn’t the only author in attendance and it was also lovely to meet Sonia Velton who was there to talk about her historical fiction novel, Blackberry and Wild Rose. As a fan of historical fiction this has become one of my most eagerly anticipated reads, as it explores the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields and the work of designer Anna Maria Garthwaite whose designs inspired the gorgeous cover art!
As well as showcasing the aforementioned forthcoming releases there was also opportunity to pick a book blind date! There were lots to choose from and we were definitely spoilt for choice with lots of interesting books to consider, both fiction and non-fiction. I opted for a book that was recommended for bibliophiles which leaves you with plenty of authors to add to the TBR. I was thrilled to unwrap this to find a copy of the The Book Of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. This was a book I have had my eye on for a while, so was really happy with my choice!
I had such a lovely time at the Quercus 2019 showcase, and it was a booklovers dream to spend an evening with the authors, bloggers and staff and to come away with some brilliant books (and of course, a mention for the delicious cheese straws!). And I will certainly be reading and reviewing these books in the coming months. I would like to thank the team at Quercus for inviting me along to this special evening and for making me feel so welcome. I felt privileged to have been in attendance, and went away a very happy book blogger, with lots more wonderful books to look forward to!