Later, as a struggling writer, borrowing books was the only way to feed a voracious reading habit. So it’s wonderful now – and a little unreal – when my books are borrowed from libraries. Many libraries have chosen ‘Sister’ or ‘Afterwards’ as their book club choice which has made me tremendously proud. I’d like to particularly thank the following libraries and librarians for their support both in the UK and in the USA, either by their staff picking and reviewing the books, or for making Sister or Afterwards a book club choice.
Special thanks to…
University Library Loughbourough
Porthcawl Library reading group
New Malden and Old Malden libraries
Perth and Kinross libraries
Salt Lake County Library
Warren Public Library – USA
Kearney Public Library, Arizona
Mission Library – Tucson
Mandel Public Library – West Palm Beach
INgleby Barwick Library
Jones Lbrary – Massachusetts
Warwickshire College Library
The Fairbanks Library Bookclub
Columbus Metropolitan Library (info from the Columbus Dispatch)
In the UK authors are calling for ‘a library in every school’ legislation. Surely every child should be able to leave where he or she is from – wherever that might be – and have the same open door into the world of books.
'Sister' has been chosen by Target to be their book club book. It has also been selected by New York Times Book Review for their 'Paperback Row' – the only novel in the selection. It has also been chosen by New York Public library as a best thriller. Congratulations Rosamund.
Just heard that 'Sister' will be published in paperback on the 20th December . I've seen the cover and the quotes gave me a shiver. Thank you to Christine Kopprasch, my editor in the US, and the team at Crown. Am hoping someone will snap its pic in a bookstore and send it to me!
Just seen the first designs for the American hardback jacket for 'Afterwards'. Feel so excited about its publication in April. I think its only when I see a jacket that I realize the novel is actually going to be on shelves in bookshops…
I will be doing an audience Q & A and a short talk, as part of Chiswick literary festival. The event is being held at Chiswick's St. Michael and All Angels Parish Hall, near Turnham Green tube station. Please do come along, I'd love to hear your questions.
Chiswick book festival is next weekend and I'm so looking forward to it. It's close to home which makes it a special event for me. Last year they sponsored 'Sister' as a talking book for people who are blind or partially sighted – one of the nicest things that's happened to me. I'll be talking on Sunday 18th with Shireen Jilla and LIz Thompson.
This morning my publishers told me that 'Sister' has sold half a million paperbacks in the UK. I find it hard to even imagine that many people reading my book – I wish I knew that would happen when I was writing it – it felt a little lonely then…. It's truly wonderful.
Little, Brown have presented me with a beautiful card and framed cover - which I will hang in my study and use instead of pinching myself. My study is also the guest room so I'm hoping guests won't find it 'showy-offy' as my youngest son would say..
Tonight, we will brave the rain and go and celebrate
On Saturday at 12 onwards I'll be signing books in Waterstones in Richmond. I have already met many of the great staff who work there and it will be lovely to see them again. Please do drop by if you can.
I am very excited to be signing books in WH Smith stores in London Gatwick airport on 15th August. Will be so interesting to find out where people (and my books!) are flying off to. I will have to practise a speedy signature as I as I can't imagine people will want to hang around before their flights. If you happen to be flying that day, do stop by. I'll also be leaving signed copies with the shops.
We’ve just received the most sensational statistic for Rosamund’s latest bestseller Afterwards – news which is even more exciting giving the digital age we’re moving into. Not only is Afterwards already a Sunday Times bestseller and has received glowing reviews, but first month of sales are the fastest we have ever seen for an ebook.
Wow – congratulations Rosamund.