Friday, 26 April 2013


What can I say I had a lovely Tuesday evening at London's Southbank centre for World Book Night! (Tuesday 23rd April) The sun was shining and it was a lovely evening!
Here's what I got up too........

I got there quite early and took a stroll for a while and too these pics!

Just outside the southbank.

So close to the London Eye and Big Ben! :)

Underneath they had this skating ramp! Could of watched them forever

Ready to go in!

The Artistic Director of The Southbank.

The host for the evening was Hardeep Singh Kohli, he is a very funny man. He is known for radio and TV and also for being an author.

Victoria Hislop-  Read an excerpt from THE ISLAND
Other books are The thread, The last dance, The island, The return, One Cretan evening.
I have one of her books and she really made me want to pick it up and read it!

Elif Shafak is a Turkish writer she read and excerpt from HONOUR
Other books include The forty rules of love, The bastard of Istanbul, The flea palace, The saint of incipient insanities, The gaze,  Black milk and the happiness of blond people.

Andrew Motion- English poet, novelist and biographer. Read an except from Silver, Return to treasure island.

Mark Haddon- The curious incident of the dog in the night-time. I have read this book and really enjoyed it, but it really brought it to life hearing the author read an excerpt from it! :)

Rose Termain-  read and and excerpt from ROAD HOME
known for Restoration, A man of his time, Music and silence, The colour, Sacred country, Trespass and more.....

Sarah Dunant- Read an excerpt from BLOOD AND BEAUTY
Other books books are, Sacred hearts, The birth of Venus and In the company of the courtesan.

Image of Rupert Thomson
Rupert Thomson- Dreams of leaving, The five gates of hell, Air and fire, The insult, soft, The book revelation, Divided kingdom and Death of a murder.

Tracy Chevalier- read an excerpt from THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
Other books include, The last runaway, Remarkable creatures, Burning bright, The lady and the unicorn, Falling angels and The virgin blue.
I do have a copy of the girl with a pearl earring so this is one I also need to read. 

Sebastian Barry- Read an excerpt from THE SECRET SCRIPTURE.
He is a playwright, novelist and poet. He has written On Canaan's side, A long long way, Anne Dunne and more....
His Irish accent really made the book come to life!

Lemn Sissay- This man is amazing! go to his website and listen to his poems!

Charles Dance- actor screenwriter and film director, read an excerpt from DAMAGE BY JOSEPHINE HART.

Jojo Moyes- Read an excerpt from ME BEFORE YOU.
Other books, Last letter from your lover, The horse dancer, Night music, Silver bay, The ship of brides and many more..
I followed her on twitter when I found out she would be there, when I heard an excerpt I now want to read a book of hers.

Graeme Simpsion- read an excerpt from The Rosie project.

Lucy Flemming- How to write a thriller.
Lucy is the niece of Ian Fleming, the James Bond Author!
Was lovely listening to her!


Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in Green Street in London on 28th May 1908, the second of four brothers. He was educated at Eton College and then abroad in Germany and Austria.
After an early career at Reuters news agency, he became a stockbroker. During World War 2 he worked throughout as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets. It was his experience in this job that was to provide many of the characters and incidents that he was to write about later in the Bond books.
Following the war he became foreign manager, in charge of foreign correspondents, for Kemsley newspapers, owners of the Sunday Times and other papers. But his creative imagination remained under wraps until 1952, when, at the age of 43, he settled down in his house in Jamaica, and produced – in not much more than two months – Casino Royale, the first adventure of James Bond. He published a further thirteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enormous success, and having seen his character played by Sean Connery in the first two films, Dr No and From Russia with Love.
He married Anne Rothermere in 1952 and in August that year his only son, Caspar, was born. While convalescing from his first heart attack in 1962, he wrote a short story about a flying car for Caspar – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ian Fleming died, aged 56, on 12th August 1964 at Sandwich in Kent.
David Nicholls read and excerpt from CASINO ROYAL
I want to say I hate James Bond, most people who know me know this is true and I refuse to go to the cinema to watch it! BUT!!!! I think I may have found a way to love it what with David Nicholls reading an excerpt and his lovely niece Lucy I think I might try reading them and see if I can actually fall in love with James Bond (especially seeing as it is British!)

So We'll Go No More a Roving

So, we'll go no more a roving
   So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
   And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
   And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
   And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
   And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a roving
   By the light of the moon.

I really hope you have enjoyed browsing through this, I had a really good night and hope you enjoyed this! 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Have you read any others by the author?

Are you a James Bond fan? What is your favourite, books or films? xx

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This looks like a major event! Glad you had such a good time! Don't think I've read any of these books!