Blackwell’s Oxford is my gorgeous local bookshop and the site of the Oxford launch for The Girl of Ink & Stars. I spend most of my money in there, so I’m very pleased to be their Author of the Month. Here’s an interview for their newsletter.
Very excitingly The Girl of Ink & Stars was The Times Children’s Book of the Week, and One to Watch in the Sunday Times last week. The full Times review is available here.
I think I might be able to call myself a bestselling author.
The Girl of Ink & Stars came out less than three weeks ago, but for two weeks on the trot it’s been the bestselling children’s book at Waterstones, a bestseller at Blackwells, and in the top twenty in its category on Amazon! Not only that, it’s currently the third-bestselling children’s book in the country, and the thirtieth bestselling book overall.
None of this would be possible without the amazing booksellers who are making beautiful displays of my work, the reviewers giving it coverage in the press, or my friends and family who are buying it in the dozens! So many brilliant books don’t get the attention they deserve, and I’m very aware of how lucky I am that GOI&S is getting this support.
Chicken House have made a rather exciting Pinterest board of all the displays – to see it click here.
The Girl of Ink and Stars has been given the best possible start. Not only have I received wonderful support from Blackwells and Foyles and many lovely independent shops, but it was selected as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. There’s a gorgeous blog about it here, but here is one of my favourite bits.
The Girl of Ink & Stars is the much-anticipated choice for our Children’s Book of the Month. That rare thing – a genuinely timeless, heart-on-its-sleeve adventure – this fictional debut from Oxford-based Kiran Millwood-Hargrave is as beautifully produced as it is written.
I’m incredibly grateful to everyone at Waterstones for having such faith in the book, and for doing such an amazing job of selling it!
Was there a worse month to fall behind on this blog?
No, there was not.
So much has happened, and it’s going to take me a while to catch up. My book was chosen as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month; was launched in London at Daunt Books with authors such as Frances Hardinge in attendance; was launched in Oxford at Blackwell’s Bookshop, which sold out of books; was reviewed very favourably in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine; and was Children’s Book of the Week in The Times.
It is also currently the bestselling children’s book at Waterstones, and is number six overall.
So…please bear with me. For now, here’s a picture of me with Frances Hardinge as featured in The Bookseller, one of my favourite authors, and truly lovely person to boot.