This delightful small, independent bookshop with a coffee shop at one end of the long narrow premises is in a pretty cobbled street. In a town known as the Venice of the Perigord. Brantôme. There is an Abbey, a meandering river, caves and several restaurants overlooking the water. Delightful. Howard McCann the owner encouraged me to give a talk on Isabella when Book 1 was published and we agreed to run another one for Book 2. At the end of the garden behind the shop is a small ancient shelter, which is right on the river. And here came a group of people to listen to me talk about Isabella. The writing and research process. Some extracts from the story. Questions and answers.
This helped me to realise that many in the audience were from America and I needed to give them a quick overview of the times that Isabella lived in. And it also reminded me that although Isabella had never visited Brantôme, her great great grandson The Black Prince had in 1346. We all enjoyed the setting. Lots of ducks quacking behind us in the river, which somehow added to the medieval atmosphere. And the books that were sold that day were being taken around the world, some to Arizona, some Botswana and some were just staying in France. Among these was the book bought by Sarah Tyley who is herself an indie author of a debut novel Spaghetti-Head. Sarah took the photos that day and is also about to offer residential writing workshops and she was delighted to hear that that was how my creative wring began. And that is another story!
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