Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the HarperCollins Summer Party at the fabulous orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens. With golden candles, enormous floral displays, a tree made from book pages, and many a star out sparkling, it was a terrific evening which included a farewell speech by HaperCollins CEO, Victoria Barnsley who has been at the helm for 13 years.
And, of course, it was the perfect time to catch up with Avon writer pals Miranda Dickinson, Julia Williams and Marie Maxwell.
There were rumours that Cheryl Cole might make an appearance and there was a certain reality TV star in the crowds too but I got really excited when Sir Alan Parker walked by and I wish – how I wish – I’d had the courage to say hello and tell him what a huge fan I am of The Commitments. Jimmy Rabbitte is much quoted in this household!
So, it’s all over for another year. The party frock is hanging up in the wardrobe and I have a novel to write…