Thursday, 12 February 2009

Romantic Lunch

Great fun, excitement and buzz on Tuesday at the Romantic Novel of the Year Lunch. This year the major award was won by East of the Sun by Julia Gregson and has already been sold as a TV series apparently. Here is a BBC report. I reviewed it last year.

The prize for shorter category romances went to India Grey (left) for her novel: Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire's Pleasure(!) By the way, I gather that the M&B authors don't get to choose the titles.

The RNA also presented Judy Piatkus (right) a Lifetime Award for her verve and flair as a publisher. She told us that when she first met her husband-to-be she didn't like to admit she was a successful businesswoman so she merely informed him she read romantic fiction for a living. When he took this in his stride, she realised he was the man for her.

The food was as good as the company: here is the elegant starter. Good effort by the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.


liz fenwick said...

It was brilliant as always :-)

Good to see you even briefly.

Debs said...

It was a wonderful lunch, and so well organized, as usual.

Susie Vereker said...

Debs, I do wish I had talked to you! Next time, please speak to me as it is so hard to find people in the crowds.