One of the best jobs I ever had was to be a bookseller. The year that I spent in the now sadly closed England’s Lane Books in Northwest London, could easily be described as the happiest of my life. I would go as far to say that it was also a life-changing time for me, because two momentous events happened that same year: we moved from a longtime family home in the country to London, and I published my first novel, The Englishman.
But I was also an early adopter of e-books. I bought a Kindle as soon they came out and that first novel was initially published as an e-book. However, I never lost my love for physical books. The ability to touch a book, to lend it to a friend, and the smell (right?), are all unbeatable characteristics of physical books.
Nowadays I would say I read 50/50 ebooks and physical books. Sometimes I buy a title in both versions; it’s so much easier to travel with a Kindle than it is with a heavy book.
But because I love physical books so much, each time one of my own books comes out in paperback, I feel that it is the REAL launch of the title!
So I’m thrilled to let you know that my latest book, The Englishman prequel novella, The Finnish Girl will be out in paperback on 6th June! (I will do a little dance around the kitchen to Abba’s ‘Dancing Girl’ on the day.)
And if that wasn’t enough, you can also win a FREE copy of the book!
From Monday 30th May you can enter to win a signed copy of The Finnish Girl in paperback on a Goodreads Giveaway. Details are below (you may have to sign in to enter).