16 May ‘Eleanor’s Secret’ Australia & New Zealand book launch
On Thursday 10th May, family, friends, people from the book industry and the publishers joined together at Berkelouw Books Norton Street in Leichhardt to celebrate the book launch of ‘Eleanor’s Secret’. It was a wonderful night that saw publisher, Annette Barlow, introduce the novel and author, Helen O’Neill, do a Q&A session with me on the evolution of the novel.
I shared how the War Artists’ Advisory Committee set up in wartime Britain to record an artistic and documentary history of the Second World War had inspired the story. In particular, how discovering that of the thirty-seven artists given full-time contracts, thirty-six were men and there was only one woman, and how this really sparked something for me. In wartime Britain women were taking on the majority of roles that men had previously held, yet that wasn’t reflected in the WAAC or the art world. I imagined there would have been female artists who had an issue with this, and Eleanor became one of them!
There was also a reading…
and delicious food, wine and flowers…
And of course, there was a book signing…
Everyone got more than just a canapé and a glass of wine though; the talk was an insight into the background of the novel, the characters, the love story and the mystery, and I’ll be posting a video clip of some of the talk and part of the reading in my next blog.
Thank you to Sarah Hill and the Berkelouw staff who did a great job of pulling the event together in very little time. It was a fantastic way to send Eleanor off into the world and these photographs capture some great moments from a memorable evening, thanks to Graham Jepson and his magic camera. And thank you to all those who came, listened, bought, laughed and toasted; it was a very special occasion.