07 March 2011
I was invited to join a table of gorgeous, intelligent women on World Book Day for a quiz event hosted by Waterstone's bookshop, in association with Grazia magazine.
A number of authors attended, including: David Nicholls, author of the fantastic book and soon-to-be film "One day"; the hilarious Adele Parks; Emma Kennedy and my good friend and brilliant writer, Jemma Forte, who hosted our table.
I had been told it was an quiz evening of cupcakes and champagne - which is was - and being a prolific reader, I thought I might be able to answer the odd question. In fact, I think I probably only answered two. So it was amazing to discover that our champagne fuelled team "Beloved" (the title of the book by Toni Morrison) won the quiz and walked off with the prize of two cases of wine.
When I say we won, we actually came second as the Grazia team did, in fact, come first. Before anyone started shouting "fixed", the team nobly stood down and - hey presto - the table of glamorous reprobates rushed up to the stage to collect their prize.
Jamie Byng, who runs World Book Day, gave a wonderful quote about authors and books: "I know what I give you, but I do not know what you receive". Which just about sums up the joy of sharing the gift of books.