The Pan Macmillan reading groups and book clubs panel was inspired by Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, a startling debut novel and the first book chosen for the panel."The first meeting was yesterday at Pan Macmillan Towers in London. 200 people applied to be part of the panel, and 20 were selected. Yesterday 11 of those 20 members met to discuss Tell The Wolves I'm Home with Pan Macmillan staff, the Reading Agency and the author Carol Rifka Brunt.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous, but very very excited. I don't go to London very often, so it's a bit of an adventure, going to the big city. Here in sleepy Lincolnshire we class more than 4 cars waiting at the traffic lights as a traffic jam. I took the train from Retford and spent a pleasant 90 minutes or so reading my book before arriving in London. It was a beautiful day, very sunny and warm. After stopping off for a quick expresso and a biscuit I made my way to Pan Macmillan Towers.
|Not many cakes left!|
Then there were sandwiches - yes, more food - delicious cheese and ham for me, and another biscuit or two! Carol Rifka Brunt arrived and read from the book, she was then very brave and answered our questions. Carol was very very friendly, she took on board our views and debated them with us, she told us a little about the background of the novel and how it came to be written. I was a little in awe of her at first, but by the end of our chat, I felt comfortable and the chat was all very natural.
Off we went then to Drink Shop Do - a quirky bar just around the corner from Kings Cross station. A list of cocktails was produced and it took me an age to choose which one to have. I choose well:
It was delicious, they all looked delicious and loosened everyone's tongues - as if they needed any more loosening. We spent the next hour chatting, getting to know a bit about each other, sharing book recommendations, swapping Twitter names and Blog addresses - time just flew by."PEACH MELBAChase Marmalade Vodka, Vanilla Ice Cream, Peach Puree"
|At Drink Shop Do|
A huge thanks to Jodie and Jen and the team at Pan Macmillan for being fabulous hosts, to The Reading Agency for backing the Panel and to Carol Rifka Brunt for answering our endless questions.
I reviewed Tell The Wolves I'm Home back in April, you can see my review here.
I'll also be having a give away in the next couple of days, keep your eyes peeled - the prize is a
hardback copy of Tell The Wolves I'm Home, signed by Carol Rifka Brunt.