In December 2002, I launched my novel Falling Glass at Gleebooks, a well-known bookshop in the inner west of Sydney.
Listening to my speech now, in 2015, I can still agree with the review by Debra Adelaide in the Sydney Morning Herald January 2003 Spectrum, In Short column, that events of the 1991 Gulf War seemed prescient: as the U.S-led invasion of Iraq loomed, you only needed to change some of the names to fit the scenario.
Donna Coates from Calgary University, Canada, launched my novel, and midway through her speech made some wonderful remarks about both story and research. Donna was in Australia doing research for her PhD on women writers in the wars.
I was very excited, as you can hear in my voice. It was a wonderful event, and I was thrilled to have so many friends, family and colleagues attend – some old friends I had not seen for years due to the tyranny of distance in Australia.
I hope to publish a second edition of Falling Glass with an Afterword, so please stay in touch. I would be delighted to hear from you on either this website or my Facebook page for Falling Glass: https://www.facebook.com/fallingglass.com.au
Listen to the launch here: