I called in at Waterstones last Saturday morning as my friend Katherine Webb, author of The Legacy, was holding a book signing for her second novel, The Unseen. It’s a great read and set in the local area, which makes it even more interesting. I bought two copies, which she signed for me, to give away as presents. I’d read it some months ago as I was lucky enough to receive an early pre-release copy of the bound proofs. Set mostly in the Edwardian era, it’s a marvelously atmospheric tale set during a long, hot summer.
Katherine and I are both members of WordWatchers, a wonderful writers’ circle in Newbury. We are all very supportive, without holding back in our constructive criticism, and read each others’ work avidly. Several members of the group are finding writing success in different ways and it is fantastic to hear about all the different achievements. It’s interesting that Katherine won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2009 with The Legacy and I won it in 2010 with The Apothecary’s Daughter. Perhaps it’s something in the water in Newbury?