I was lucky enough to have been invited to the launch of Caroline Smailes’ third novel, Like Bees to Honey, at the Liverpool 1 branch of Waterstone’s last Thursday.

And it was brilliant.

With roadworks and whatnot it took about two and a half hours to get there but it was well worth the trip. It was busy, I’m guessing there must have been 100 people in the audience. And that audience were well looked after, and I’m not just talking about the cake that was on offer.

First up was a reading. But not just any old reading. The excerpt from the book (from when Nina, the main character, was in her teens) was read by a college of a similar age – and she was brilliant.

We were then treated to a reading from Caroline herself (which, again, was brilliant) and then questions were asked and answered.

I also got to meet some top people I’d known for a while: Matthew Hill, Jon Mayhew, Kelly Railton, Keris Stainton, and Caroline’s husband (another top writer) Gary, which was lovely.

So yes. I had a brilliant time. And even came away with a pot of special honey.

Now my attention’s turning to my own book launch. It’s at the brilliant Simply Books in Bramhall on June 3rd (details here). If you’d like to come (and I would LOVE you to) could you drop me an email so I can pop you on the guest list please?

(And a reminder – there’s a London launch for Like Bees to Honey at the terrific Big Green Book Shop in Wood Green on Tuesday at 7pm. Just saying…)