Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Nerd abroad

I just love London. Last night I dragged Paul along to a book event in Waterstones (read: gigantic multiple storey book shop) so we could meet Patricia Cornwell. Yes, it's somewhat embarrassing that I love these book events, but I have been a fan of her Kay Scarpetta novels for a good ten years. She has just released her 16th Scarpette book so a book tour (and apparently her only book signing in the world for this novel) was held. It was actually a really good night - although we did have to go for drinks afterwards since, unlike the last book event I went to, there was no wine provided at this one. (I know, disgrace, what do they think I paid my 3 quid for?!) Patricia Cornwell was great to see though - she is really down to earth although, somewhat strangely, talks about her characters like they are real people. To the extent of answering questions in the form of 'I'll ask Kay and let you know'. But it was all done with a sense of humour so I don't think she's a real crackpot. I guess the other excuse is that she has been immersed in these characters for a good 20 years, so can be forgiven for beocoming quite attached to them. She also had these two massive security guards, complete with earpieces. Must be the downfall of being a forensic thriller author - I can imagine she attracts a few psychos. Anyways, book events are definitely my tip for cheap, enjoyable nights out in London (if you're into this kind of thing). You only pay £3 and you get that deducted off the price of the book being promoted if you buy it on the night to get signed by the author. Not bad (especially when you get the free wine). Tonight Russell Brand is promoting his new book at Waterstones. but I can't be bothered queuing. I think he might just be a little more popular than PC.

4 comments:

Albert Fish said...

Patricia Cornwell also thinks the painter Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Which is absolutely laughable.

Pru said...

Yes she also commented on this somewhat hesitantly when someone asked her if she was going to see Sickert's exhibition of paintings. I think since she got quite a ribbing about that book that perhaps she is trying to distance herself from it a little. I myself thought the first half of the book put forward some compelling ideas but never managed to finish it.

Simone said...

i would so have loved to meet patricia cornwall!
where on earth do you hear bout these book signings?

Pru said...

I heard it on the radio Sim! but you can also check the Waterstones website.. that branch of waterstones in piccadilly also has a cocktail bar upstairs which is good to grab a drink at while you are there so you don't feel like as much of a nerd...