A London Country Diary by Tim Bradford – The Launch Party!
Posted on 2014/04/14 , tagged as tim bradford
We have a brilliant guest post today from Victoria Pavlova (@vickyvvp), who did some work experience with us recently, and during her time here, helped out at the launch party for Tim Bradford’s A London Country Diary earlier this month.
Reading Tim Bradford’s A London Country Diary is a very unfamiliar – though thoroughly enjoyable – experience for a non-Londoner. A chorus of confused seagulls is a universal experience, but things like the Blackstock Road music shop, or the particular brand of street foliage that grows in Stoke Newington – less so. That might be why the book’s launch at the Stoke Newington Bookshop worked so well. It’s the kind of high street indie where everyone is welcome – even a jittery little immigrant intern. But I digress.
As a first-time book launch attendee, I’d call the night a resounding success*. The night kicked off with a short introduction by Tim Bradford himself. Like all authors, Tim has his influences, which range from his old school sketchbook, to a gardening manual (hint: some have been more influential than others). After reading a couple of passages from A London Country Diary, he introduced us to the local wildlife and explained all the ways in which North London is like Narnia – all fascinating stuff. His relationship with North London might sound like a love-hate affair, but the love part always shines through.
Tim then passed the floor to Stewart Lee to read his introduction. Let’s just say that everyone loves a bit of fun at the author’s expense. “Where Sinclair sees the city pavements scarred by the claws of global capitalism, corporate greed and the ongoing annihilation of the individual, Bradford sees only weeds, slugs and foxes tugging at an abandoned pizza…,” Stewart read, sparking a wave of laughter.
The family affair feel of the evening was aided by the fact that afterwards, Tim called on those who spent years listening to him going on about the book – his brother, friends and fellow North London enthusiasts (Tim’s entourage if you will) – to read a few more choice passages. It was a good time. Afterwards, it was back to the routine for the crowd at the Stoke Newington Bookshop. For Tim and the lovely ladies at the bookshop however, the work was just starting – so many books to sell and sign… so little time.
*This post contains no paid advertising. Honest.
Find out more about A London Country Diary here and at londoncountrydiary.com, where you can also discover how to become an urban country diarist. Follow Tim Bradford @Urban_Country and view more photos from the launch on Facebook. A London Country Diary is available now from all good bookshops. Stoke Newington Bookshop is currently selling Tim Bradford’s wonderful map of North London for £2.99 or £1 with the book.