Purple Suit

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Tis the season of summer parties, when publishers gather their authors and illustrators together in the presence of booksellers, buyers and reviewers. It's going to be hard for any event to match last night's gathering, at least in terms of weather and venue.
The top floor of the Covent Garden Opera House was an inspired venue for this gathering of Scholastic talent. In the picture gallery you'll be able to spot Philip Pullman, Celia Rees, Philip Reeve, Philip Kerr, Mary Hooper, Kaye Umansky - to name just a few.
And the man in the purple suit - Richard Scrivener - who, after experimenting with a little crooning beside the piano, revealed that it was his wedding suit. Last year, I commented, after the launch of the first Montmorency title ('Ellie' Updale was there too) that Scrivener's speech was one of the best I'd heard at a launch event. Last night's wasn't a great speech, but it was a good one, and all the better for being tightly scripted.

Enjoy the pictures...

and the clips 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

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