Books Are My Bag … and GI Brides is a Sunday Times bestseller

We had a great time at the Big Bookshop Party at Newham Bookshop on Saturday, as part of the nationwide Books Are My Bag campaign. We were joined by East End crime novellists Anya Lipska and Barbara Nadel, as well as sugar girls Gladys and Eva, who popped in to say hello and sign a few copies of The Sugar Girls.

It was a fantastic celebration and great to see so many people enjoying their local bookshop. The shop was festooned with balloons and orange bunting, and people were queuing out of the door to get their hands on discounted books, Books Are My Bag canvas totes, and, of course, the cupcakes that manager Vivian had kindly laid on.  There was even a raffle, and Gladys and Eva both walked away with prizes.

On the Sunday there were more celebrations as GI Brides made it into the Sunday Times bestsellers list. We were sharing the chart with the unstoppable ‘Street Cat Named Bob’, who must have sold more books than any other moggie in history.