And finally, something happened that I had never seen happen before at a book launch...we sold out. How could this happen? We had loads! Well, I think it is testament to what is a truly remarkable book with those elements that touch both children and big children. While there are the 'grown-up' concerns in the story; environment, social disarray, finance crisis, etc.; these issues never overwhelm what is at it's heart and soul an adventure story. The writing itself is lyrical and inventive, with a clear love of language and it's construction and evolution. Utterly contemporary in it's concept, it holds on to the same tradition as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. There are echoes from mythology and folk tales. The tale is complex, and yet, so simple and clear. And it is magnificent. My advise, get yourself a copy of Gold and read. Have an adventure.
So....here are a few photos of the party. A huge thank you to all who attended, Síobhan and Little Island for choosing Dubray to host the launch, Alan for his insight and fine words of introduction and, of course, to Geraldine for being warm, wonderful and for writing such an amazing book for us all to welcome into our lives.
|Síobhan Parkinson from Little Island|
|Alan McMonagle introduces Gold|
|Geraldine Mills reading|