Publication week has been an absolute whirlwind of books and fairies and I’m so excited to see THE COTTINGLEY SECRET in readers’ hands, and I’m loving hearing everyone’s reactions.
Apart from hearing from excited readers which is always the best part of the job, a few highlights from the past week were the publication of an article I wrote for TIME about the Cottingley fairy photographs and why a nation was so captivated by the girls and their fairies. The book was also selected by BuzzFeed, Culturalist and BookBub in their Historical Fiction highlights and is a recommended read this month from Women Writers.
I’ve written a number of articles about how I came to write the book, and about my writing life. If you’re interested in a peek behind the scenes and how a book gets written, here’s a small selection: The Theory of Connectivity – I’m often asked how I came to write about the Cottingley fairies and my answer might surprise you! I’ve also written about My Writing Process for Spine Magazine, and Where I Write and Why I Write.
I’m also really enjoying reading reviews from the bloggers participating in THE COTTINGLEY SECRET book tour. You can read some of the reviews here, here and here and you can follow all the tour participants here!
The fairies were also in the news in Ireland this week, when a local T.D. blamed them for the poor quality of the roads in his area. The news made the London Evening Standard. You can read the article here. The poor fairies, getting the blame for everything! I loved the response from The Irish Fairy Door Company:
THE COTTINGLEY SECRET is now available in the USA and Canada in ebook, paperback and audio. There is also a hardback edition available to order (lots of readers have been asking about that!)
The book releases in Ireland in large paperback format (pictured below) on 7th September, and will release on ebook in the UK and ANZ on the same day. The paperback will release in ANZ on 18th September.
For now, I must fly off on a little holiday. Back soon, and in the meantime, happy reading!