My new book The Forrests has launched at Sunday Painters, with a really nice speech from Bloomsbury’s Kathleen Farrar (thanks Kathleen!), no book reading (quiet air punch), and lots of lovely people. There are some photos here (by Abba Renshaw of Allen & Unwin), posted on Beattie’s Book Blog. I’m still recovering but through my haze am very happy the book is out in the world. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun night.
I discovered on the night that Forrests winery (no relation to the characters), who kindly provided the wine, used to make wine from grapes my dad grew when he was living in Canterbury. It was a great surprise and almost like having him there.
And a late addition to the launch week – the lovely booksellers at Page & Blackmore in Nelson made this gorgeous window display for the book. Happy sigh.