Book Launch Generosity Nets Profits For Charities

Posted at 00:16am on 7th December 2008

What a brilliant event the book launch on Friday was! It had been laid on by a couple who had recently ‘downsized’ to a sumptuous apartment, which comprised the whole of the ground floor of a huge Victorian mansion. Professional people, they had invited guests from all walks of life for a wine and cheese evening. Poised between the crystal chandeliers and the pale, velvet-soft carpets, we defied the doom and gloom of economic recession in more ways than one!

RAISING MONEY FOR CHARITY

Following a ten-minute interview conducted by my hostess – in which I spoke of how I started writing, how my bestseller came into being, the BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast on Monday, and the story behind my novel A Painful Post Mortem – I started signing and selling books. Urged by my hostess to buy more than one copy of each title for Christmas presents, the guests were more than generous. Throwing twenty-pound notes at me and telling me to keep the change, they soon raised a couple of hundred pounds for my two charities (35% profits from sales). Cheques will be on their way to Tearfund (for their work with 3rd world babies born HIV+) and Care For The Family (for their project ‘drug-proofing UK teenagers). Many thanks to everyone who participated.

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