Many thanks to all the lovely people who came to my book launch in Barnstaple Waterstones on midsummer’s eve (yes, it was raining and blowing a gale).
Especial thanks to Diana Keast, who drove all the way from Marlborough for the occasion. Diana’s family used to own Lundy, and her father – Martin Coles Harman – introduced ponies to the island in the 1920s. A Stallion Called Midnight is dedicated to her because I couldn’t have written it without her help and generosity. On the evening after the book launch several of us got together and gave Diana a surprise early birthday party because she’s gioing to be 90 later this year!
Other wonderful Lundy friends who came to the launch were Bridget Long, Mary Courtenay, Jenny Lo’vel, Reg Lo’vel, Annie Alford, Penny Odhams and John and Marion Balls. I was also delighted that Veronica Henrycame with her husband and son. Her latest novel The Long Weekend is going to be published by Orion at the beginning of July, and I can’t wait to read it.
Hilary Bradttravelled up from South Devon, and she and a friend from South Africa stayed the night with us. I’ve had a sneak preview of Hilary’s latest book Connemara Mollie (which is also going to be published in July) and it’s a beautifully written real-life adventure.
One other friend I must mention is David Kennard, who farms near Mortehoe and is ‘The Boss’ of the wonderful Borough Farm sheepdogs which feature in the Mist films and in David’s books. (Our Exmoor ponies are the singing Exmoors in the Mist films, by the way!)
Four enthusiastic girls from Park School turned up to the launch as well, along with many of our good friends and neighbours, so we had quite a party! Sarah Jane, head of children’s books in Barnstaple Waterstones, was a real star, as was the manager (who came although it was his day off). We completely sold out of A Stallion Called Midnight, which was fantastic. My brother-in-law, Brian Eveleigh, took these photos: