Thursday, 30 September 2010
You know there are some books that you just hear about and you know that it is the one. The book that you are going to get stuck into and really going to enjoy. From Notting Hill With Love...Actually is that kind of book. The novel is the debut by Ali McNamara and is inspired by Brit chick flicks such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Notting Hill. From Notting Hill With Love...Actually is the story of Scarlett O'Brien who is totally infatuated with romantic films. In fact she spends most of her time with her head stuck in the clouds and dreaming about a knight who will come and sweep her off her feet. In reality Scarlett's life is not so exciting; she has a nine to five office job and is engaged to the loyal but ever so practical David. However, when she is asked to house-sit a glamorous mansion in Notting Hill she is ecstatic as this allows her to live out her film fantasises. She also gets to rub shoulders with the flamboyant Oscar and her handsome neighbour Sean. Pretty soon she is engrossed in her new life and reluctant to go back to her previous one.
On Wednesday I attended the launch of From Notting Hill With Love...Actually which took place at The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill - you know that travel bookshop which Hugh Grant's character owned in the film, Notting Hill. Pretty cool huh? Author, Ali McNamara was in attendance as were the lovely team from Little, Brown and chatted with journalists and bloggers. The publishing team really went to town with this launch and even had a mini red carpet as well as a couple of photographers who took pictures as soon as people arrived. Of course there were complimentary glasses of champagne on offer as well as popcorn and cupcakes. Ali also read extracts from her book and kindly took time out to answer a few questions.
From Notting Hill With Love..Actually is available to purchase from amazon and all good bookshops on 25th November. I will be posting a review of it nearer to the time of publication.