A couple of months ago I entered a Twitter competition run by Cathy Rentzenbrink. Cathy is Associate Editor at The Bookseller and We Love This Book. She is also Project Director at Quick Reads. She has a great blog too. The prize was to be Cathy's 'plus one' at the launch party for Jojo Moyes' latest novel The One Plus One.
I read and reviewed The One Plus One at the end of last year, it's a wonderful book, another absolute triumph for one of my favourite authors.
I was delighted to receive an email from Cathy to tell me that I had won the prize. The party was to be at The Ivy Club in Covent Garden. I was very excited, but it was top secret and I was not to say anything about it, anywhere. I had to keep quiet for a whole month!
Well, the date arrived on Monday, and off I went down to London on the train and made my way to The Ivy. Now, that alone, was very exciting - who hasn't heard of The Ivy - the place where all the celebrities seem to hang out? The party was in The Club, even the entrance stairs and lift were deliciously plush!
|Top: Jojo Moyes / Victoria Hislop & Kathy Lette|
Bottom: Jojo Moyes & Ian Hislop / Jojo and Polly Samson have the same taste in dresses!
It was really good to see Rebecca Chance and Serena Mackesy / Alex Marwood again too, I'd met them both a couple of weeks ago at the launch party for Rowan Coleman's The Memory Book.
I had to leave before the party ended, to get the last train out of Kings Cross, but I was so glad that I'd been there. It really was a great night, with so many friendly and welcoming people there. The team at Penguin really know how to throw a fabulous party!
The One Plus One really is a wonderful book, if you've not read it yet, I'd urge you to make sure that you do so very soon.