Christmas party that is, ours, tonight. Now, this may sound a rather optimistic proposition for an office of three people BUT not only are we now FOUR ( A new designer, we'll be able to show some examples of her work soon...), we invite other people to bring the numbers up to a jolly party.
And it's been a good year: Chocolate and Zucchini, Enlightenment, Four Walls, Touba and the Meaning of Night,thelistgoesonletsjustsayourbooks... all did well in very different ways and over an extended period of time, and This May Help You Understand the World is rocking around the Christmas tree at the moment. But even more exciting is the feeling that if this year was good, the next (touch wood)... could be... (are you still touching wood?) Great. Here's hoping...
Some odds and ends:
There is a new Pauline Kael author page as I mentioned.
A dialogue between two young women heard on the tube (commuting, I am currently discovering, is rather wonderful for catching up on both backlist and submissions, although it's hard to carry A4 sheets and a coffee at the same time. They sometimes end up entwined.):
'What did you think?'
'Yeah, I really liked it.'
'Yeah, I really like it when people take history and then make it into a story, and that's what you've done'
At which point I reached my stop. I think I shall call it the discovery of the historical novel.
And thanks to 3AM and the British Council for their very different but equally enjoyable Christmas parties.