Margaret Murphy’s thoughts on the North West launch of Everyone Lies at Linghams Bookshop.
On a scorching evening, I had just about the coolest launch ever – and it wasn’t even in my own name. It wasn’t even me, alone, as it has been in the seventeen can-you-believe-it years since I was first published. This was the North West launch of Everyone Lies, written in collaboration with Professor Dave Barclay, under the pseudonym A.D. Garrett.
Linghams and @Crimin8 (me as me) and @adgarrett1 (me as collaborator) tweeted like mad spadgers in the run-up to the event, and Linghams even did a count down on the night. The microphone had died, but unfazed, Eleanor arranged for a replacement sound system – and not just any sound system – this mic and speakers are used for open-air performances of Shakespeare! It meant I could emote in my readings, knowing that the superior sound would pick up every stutter and sigh.
Friends were there, and it was a joy to reconnect and do micro catch-ups in anticipation of more leisurely chats over coffee in the coming months. But also, excitingly, there were new readers and prospective readers. This lovely, mixed crowd was a gathering of readers at their most adventurous: willing to try something – or someone – new. Even it that someone was two people. It was enormous fun; relaxed and warm, which Eleanor and her team do so well, but also productive. Dave and I watched as the books stacked around us on convenient nearby shelves dwindled, and folk went off happily clutching their signed copies.
Read Clare Dudman’s blog on the event here