I have been fortunate recently to be invited to the launches of the latest books of two of my favourite author friends.
James Marsh’s Not a Guide to Southampton is a jaunty little number, full of fascinating facts and some interesting photos (some mine) of the city. Designed to be a delve into the city’s history and background, it is definitely not a guide book but will probably lead readers to some interesting spots nevertheless. James launched the book at The Red Lion pub, Below Bar, Southampton. This ancient hostelry is part of the fabric of the city as parts of it date back to Norman England. James’ first book, his wonderfully witty autobiographical Growing Up In Wartime Southampton: Someone Else's Trousers was a delight and readers will not be disappointed with the new book. Guests to the bash included Jim Brown, celebrated Southampton author and historian; journalist and author Jacqueline Pye; author and owner of publishing house The Thorn Press Tessa Warburg, as well as a fair sprinkling of Southampton’s writing talent.
|James Marsh (centre) delighted with the interest in his new book, Not a Guide to Southampton|
Australian author Simon Kleinig launched Frenchman’s Cap, Story of a Mountain at Australia House in The Strand, London. Simon’s story of the Tasmanian mountain stood tall amidst the glorious surroundings of the Downer Room and the exulted company, which included Mike Rann, the Australian High Commissioner. Simon’s sympathy for, and love of, the area shines through in a meticulously researched history. Simon has set up a Facebook page for the book, where there are some super images that bring both the book and the mountain itself alive. The link to Simon’s blog is well worth following. As an aside, Simon has recently written about the Gallipoli commander General Birdwood, who is buried in London. Anyone with an interest in Anzac history may well find his piece of interest.