PUBLICATION WEEK FOR LEDA GREY Part 1

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The night before the publication of The Last Days of Leda Grey, I was in the town where the book is set – attending the fabulous Bookish Supper Salon at the Brighton & Hove Regency Town House.

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The Town House is the most splendid venue, and it’s currently being lovingly restored by a team of local volunteers. But, it was even more special to me, being one of the very houses that I used as a setting when writing The Last Days of Leda Grey: the house where my heroine lived as a child – even with the remnants of some wallpaper that could well be the same that I described in Leda’s childhood bedroom.

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Another house very near in the terrace has now been converted as a hotel, just like the one in Leda Grey …

Leda. Leda. Leda Grey. Chanting the name inside my head I wandered through the bustling Lanes, and then along the seafront road until I found the small hotel I’d booked into the night before. Converted from a private home in the grandest of Regency crescents, it had wide stone steps and a pillared porch; though best not to look too carefully at the crusting rust on ironwork ~ or the paint that peeled from cracking wood when, back inside my room again, I forced up creaking window frames that opened to a balcony …

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Sitting next to some well-repaired window frames, I was joined on the night by two other writers, Jules Grant and Mark Thompson. We were all wonderfully looked after by the evening’s host Laura H Lockington, and also by Anna Burrt. In fact, the evening was such fun that I hope to go back and visit again; this time as a guest, to really enjoy the chat and the general ambiance ~ as well as all the gorgeous food prepared by The Boys Cafe and Eatery in Hove. 

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With Laura Lockington, and Mark Thompson

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Being interviewed by Laura Lockington

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Brighton. The view from my hotel. I hope to be back again soon.

Author:

Writer of gothic novels, published by Orion Books.

2 thoughts on “PUBLICATION WEEK FOR LEDA GREY Part 1

  1. Started reading Leda this morning and after reading this post and being at the launch, meeting you Essie, this feels like a proper event, not just a case of reading another novel. I wish you all the best with, The Last Days of Leda Grey.

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