By Amanda Keats
I've been to some pretty spectacular book events over the years for Novelicious but they tend not last more than a couple of hours. You can imagine my excitement then, when I headed off to Henley for a whole day of bookish delights.
First up was the lunchtime chat with Lisa Jewell, Rowan Coleman and Jenny Colgan, in which they each did a reading and then discussed their experiences both during the writing process and, of course, what comes next once the book is published.
Jenny talked about the use of recipes in her recent book series and how living in France had made her really aware of the different approaches children have to food there and here in the UK. She laughed that there just isn't a word in French for packed lunch, the concept is so alien to them. They are more curious about food, though she joked that her family do get a little sick of her cooking when she has to try out the recipes over and over...
Rowan, who has written some really beautiful, emotional stories explained that she likes adding humour to the stories so they reflect the reality more. "There's always love and there's always humour," she said. When asked about the story behind her covers Rowan went on to say that she is pretty pushy about hers in general – and then mentioned that her editor was in the audience. As Rowan was showing off the beautiful Richard and Judy sticker on the cover for The Memory Book, Lisa jumped in and exclaimed (in surprise!) "I'm on the cover!", getting a big laugh from the audience.