Tonight I had the rather lovely pleasure of being invited along to the new Pan Macmillan offices for Picador’s New Voices event. Savidge Reads and I were treated to a sneak preview of writing, read by the authors themselves no less.
I managed to snaffle a couple of copies of books that stood out as being ones to watch.
Sunjeev Sahota’s reading of Ours are the streets, was charming and funny. The snapshot captured a quirkily romantic moment on a camping trip, however the synopsis hints at tragedy which intrigues me.
My response to a passage read from Ten Stories about Smoking, a book of short stories by Stuart Evers was initially sceptical but I found myself drawn into a rendezvous of two ex-lovers, and engrossed in the bittersweet interplay between the characters.
On another note, I quite wanted to steal a Mr Darcy-a-like who happened to be there, for our friend and budding romance writer Rose Roberts but refrained from making a scene…
Savidge Reads and I had a lovely time thanks to the lovely people at Picador, their New Voices and a couple of glasses of wine! What a good way to spend a rainy Monday.