The Painted Bridge, the book that I spent two years writing, in this room, has – after a further year in the production process – gone out in to the world. Publication day was last Thursday, 24th May.
Part of the role of the writer is to try and bring the book to people’s attention, once published. This post is a round-up of new reviews, mentions and related articles.
I wrote a three-page feature for YOU magazine, in the Mail on Sunday, on ‘women in the Victorian asylum‘. The magazine editor was keen to include a personal element, in terms of why I was interested in the subject, and with some trepidation I included a description of my late grandmother’s depression. The piece received a strong response online – more than 1,700 ‘likes’ and many interesting comments on the experience of mental illness.
The day before publication, I talked to Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, about Victorian asylums and mental health practices.
Elsbeth Lindner, a veteran of publishing with a particular commitment to women’s writing, commissioned a piece from me on ‘madwomen in fiction‘, which appeared on Elsbeth’s new literary website – Bookoxygen.
My New York publishers, Scribner, alerted me to a review of The Painted Bridge in the respected publishing journal Publishers Weekly, in the US.
The Painted Bridge was anticipated on the Bethlem Royal Hospital blog.
Alice Murphy, digital marketeer of Simon & Schuster arranged a blog tour. First, the Novelicious women’s fiction site gave The Painted Bridge a generous review. They put up an interview with me on the site.
Book blogger Isabel Costello included The Painted Bridge in her Top10 Summer Reads 2012. My fellow writer Essie Fox, author of The Somnambulist, blogged beautifully about the book at her site, the Virtual Victorian.
Pam of the PamReader book review site gave The Painted Bridge a warm review and so did Carole of Carole’s Book Corner. She also posted a piece on the ideas behind the novel. Until June 7th, you can enter the ‘Giveaway‘ of the novel by posting a comment on Carole’s site.
Back in the world of print and paper, journalist Julie Tomlin interviewed me for the Camden New Journal. Her piece is also readable online.
And did an interview with online women’s magazine, Female First.
I’ll be appearing at the Ham & High literary festival in London, in September.
Bringing The Painted Bridge to people’s attention has been made possible by the help of colleagues at Simon & Schuster, and my agent Ivan Mulcahy, together with Emma Draude, and friends from the virtual and real worlds.
There is more media coverage to come so I hope you’ll bear with me for one more post on this subject, in the coming weeks.