A Trio of Book Launches


It’s been an exciting summer and early autumn for Honno, the Welsh women’s press.

I’ve been to three Honno book launches – four, if I count my own launch for Not Thomas back in June.

Helen with Judith Barrow

The first was in July for Helen Lewis’s The House with Old Furniture

It’s a contemporary ghost story set in Pembrokeshire, where Helen and her family live. As well as being a very atmospheric otherworldly story, it’s also a very perceptive novel about grief and what it can do to families, especially children. It’s Helen’s debut novel and I thoroughly recommend it.

Judith with Christoph Fischer of Llandeilo – and me too

The second book launch, the following month, was for Judith Barrow’s fourth in her family saga series. It’s called A Hundred Tiny Threads .

The novel tells the background to some of the characters in Judith’s other books, so is an ideal introduction to the series, as well as a revelationary read for those who have read the first three. I’m reading A Hundred Tiny Threads at the moment, and I’m thoroughly enjoying losing myself in Judith’s wonderful storytelling. I just know I’ll have to re-read Pattern of Shadows when I’ve finished to remind myself what happened next; and then Changing Patterns and Living in the Shadows

So many books, so little time!

Carol and me

And the final launch in this Honno trio was one I attended just last week. It was for Carol Lovekin’s second novel, Snow Sisters.

It was held in Lampeter, at the Old Hall of the university. Carol read a spellbinding chapter from her new novel, which has all the hallmarks of being as brillaint as her debut, Ghostbird. I’m really looking forward to reading the magically beautiful Snow Sisters –  preferably in front of a log fire on a snowy evening, although I very much doubt I’ll be able to hold out until the weather turns that cold!

So that’s my Honno book launch round-up.

To all authors everywhere about to launch a new book, may your launch be full of friends, family and smiling faces (and maybe some cupcakes – I’m thinking of you, Dyane Harwood!).

Most of all, relax and enjoy!

Sara x


Sara’s debut novel ‘Not Thomas’ – a story of child neglect, love and hope, shown through the eyes of five-year-old Tomos – is published by Honno Press in paperback and as an e-book, and is available to buy direct from the publisher, from Amazon and from all good bookshops.



11 thoughts on “A Trio of Book Launches

  1. You are living the book launch life, my friend. 😛 Thank you for the shout-out!

    I love paranormal books (you probably figured that out after all my mentions of Paula Brackston’s “The Witch’s Daughter” series!) so “The House With Old Furniture” sounds like just the book for me!

    I love all the photos in this post, and I also love the fact you attend the other launches – that is super-cool! Now, can you just buy a plane ticket and jump across the pond over here, perhaps on October 18th (since the event is the 19th!) I’ll even let you have a table where you can sell all your books (no matter they have a slightly different theme than mine!) and I’ll make you a huge, toothsome cake – any flavor you like! 🎂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Carol Lovekin

    Thank you so much, Sara. What an unexpected & lovely surprise! Praise be to Twitter for the heads up!
    It was lovely to see you last Thursday – thank you again for your support (& don’t we look nice & smiley!) xXx

    Liked by 2 people

    1. You’re very welcome, Carol. It was a lovely, happy evening, and a great room to hold the launch in too. Sue and I were reminiscing about how it was used as a mere rec room when we were at Lampeter. I’m glad they’ve now realised its full potential!
      Really looking forward to starting Snow Sisters, although I’ll also be sorry to finish Judith’s latest novel. Oh, so many books! xxx

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Still catching up on all social media (days/weeks are whizzing by). So seeing this post at last was a lovely surprise- wonderfully generous to mention us all. Really upset to miss Carol’s launch but was with you in spirit and looking forward to reading Snow Sisters. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s