Another top evening courtesy of the wonderful Goldsboro Books on Thursday and another chance to meet some of the finest writers around, mingle, chat, buy great books and get them signed too!
Following on from the highly successful ‘Crime in the Court’ event held earlier in the year, the subject this time round was all things historical, Fictional and Non-Fictional, and of course there was a bit of crime in there too. Once again a full house in both rooms of the bookshop and a very packed Cecil Court outside where most of us made the most of the fantastically balmy September evening. Managing Director David Headley took to his customary stepladder to thank everyone for their support and announced that, next year, Goldsboro will be honouring a debut Historical author with a special award ‘The Goldsboro Crown’ – a rather nice glass etched award, plus £2000 in cash.
The party was still in full swing when I left, and by then we’d already had to part the crowd to make way for a long Hari Krishna procession and had spent the evening marvelling at the stealth tactics used by the more determined book collectors as they tracked and hunted down their prey for signatures on their books. Highlights of my evening were purchasing and having signed a copy of Judith Flanders’ great book on Victorian Crime, and having a nice chat about book festivals with James Forrester (pic courtesy of Mike Stotter of Shots).
The evening was a sell-out, as was Crime in the Court, so make sure you keep up to speed with everything that happens at this great independent in readiness for next year’s events if you missed out this time round. In the meantime, they have a fantastic selection of beautiful first edition hardbacks for you to go and buy.