A wintery update

The beginning of June is the beginning of Winter in Western Australia. The native plants in the garden are coming into flower and there are lambs in the paddocks but the rain isn’t stopping for a while yet so time today to get on with some indoor jobs – like posting an update.

Good news yesterday. In the Bookcaffé (Claremont, Perth) newsletter for June, ‘Georgiana’ was in the top four best-selling non-fiction books for May.

It was wonderful to hear from Mr R Richardson-Bunbury, a descendant of John and Georgiana Molloy, over the weekend. He sent  a photograph of ‘Fairlawn’ that he took in the 1990s and he’s given kind permission for me to share it here. Comparing this photograph with the older image opposite p 247 in my book shows that the shape of the house as it was around 1860 was still evident in the 1990s.

Fairlawn 1990s

It might be a cold one… but today’s an exciting milestone. We received the proof copy for the second print run of ‘Georgiana Molloy, the mind that shines’ less than 12 weeks after the book first arrived in bookshops. So if you spotted that missing space – no more worries. Lots and lots of boxes will be arriving very soon from the printer in Perth  – and just in time!

Proof copy June 2015

A new beginning

I’ve been writing posts on my ‘Georgiana Molloy 1805-1843’ Facebook page since November 2013 but this is the very first new blog on the full website.  The site went live today, together with one enormous posting of all the archives and photographs from Facebook, to make sure that any new viewers don’t miss out on what’s gone before.

So… the best place to begin is an update of news.

It was a wonderful surprise to see William Yeoman’s review of the book in the West Australian (the Weekend West) on Saturday and I was left lost for words, for most of the day. We have another new stockist in Perth: the bookshop of the WA State Library. We’re going to a second print of the book, ten weeks after it first appeared in shops, not something I’d ever imagined might happen so quickly.  And thank you again to ‘Aspects of King’s Park’ for choosing the book as their ‘Book of the Month’ for May.

It’s been a whirlwind ride since the day we first decided to self-publish and I’ve been learning  new things each day but the most significant is that authors and readers benefit hugely from good bookshops that know their customers and are genuinely interested in the volumes on their shelves.

So far, I only have one problem. Spending more time than usual  in bookshops leads to buying even more books.