Monday, 19 March 2012

The Book Launch

As much as I want to climb a mountain and hide in a cave for the next six months, I should rather be bellowing from one. 'The Divorced Lady's Companion to Italy' is about to join the realm of living, breathing books. It may now be pressed to the bosom of a sighing 40-odd woman reflecting over the sex, or turfed to the floor by a reader incensed by my loopy words. It may sit on your bookshelf, absorb coffee on your desk, or its cover may be peered at by other passengers on your train. It might be read by your anxious sister, or your mother who is helping you over the leg you broke while skiing. It might be stolen by your grandmother who chats on dating sites to intercontinental lovers before dawn. It might be read by your brother-in-law, who wishes he could bed you, or your daughter, who suspects you've been having fun in the dark. It might turn up at the dentist's, or at the bottom of that trash-can-on-wheels you call your car. It might turn up at the chalet your lover books and while the rain pummels outside, and he snores, you might sneak a read in bed. It might be in the seat pocket of the plane you catch to Moscow, where you will try not to buy another pair of boots, or in a little book exchange place you find in Nairobi, thinking What the Heck. It might be given to you, left to you, lent to you, borrowed from you.

I hope it will become dog-eared and coffee-loved and scribbled over, and may cause some of you to laugh out loud, thinking of Italy - and your 40s - in a kinky new light.

You're invited to the beginning of all this. Wear a chic dress. There will be prosecco in the air.

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  1. I will be thinking of you in your sparkling navy dress. Easy on the prosecco.

    (Still watching my mailbox!)

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  2. Thanks Averil. Really wish you could pop over to Londontown so we could do some serious partying! What heels to wear? Brilliant lips or not?

    Italian post is sooo slow dearie. I swear I told that envelope to push to the front of the line.

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  3. Silver strappy sandals, nude lips.

    XO

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    1. Mmmm now you've got me thinking. I do have a pair of silver ones. Very Moscow-by-night. And I guess nude lips are better than swabs of red on my glass. Or on my teeth!!

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  4. Aw, I wish I could come! Have fun.

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    1. Thanks Talli. I'll drink some bubbly for you! I have a feeling it's going to be a great night.

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  5. Sooooooooo exciting! Don't send children into traffic but do have a fab launch!

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    1. Yes it IS exciting. Not sure it has hit me yet. I'm still carrying around my battered revision copy and showing it to all and sundry. And I'm in Italy and it's in English!

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  6. Felicitations!! I know it'll be everything you want it to be!

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  7. Squeeee! I've been looking for something deserving of my slinky Cue dress :D Can't wait to follow along :)

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    1. I love Cue dresses! I will be wearing a Gazel dress from my friend's collection! But which shoes??

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  8. I am late to this party but GOOD LUCK!! :) Wish I could somehow come up with a reason I need to visit London "for work"...

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    1. Thanks Laura! I'd LOVE it if you could come.. Maybe an author interview as an excuse?

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