What and How, And Especially Why

To all those who logged on Sunday for what was should have the world’s first streamed book launch, my sincere apologies. It ought to have happened. We had video – but the audio let everyone down. It was fine at soundcheck, it was fine an hour later. But on broadcast? Not a peep of sound.

I don’t know why. I tried everything I could, but nothing worked. But people stuck around, and we ended up with Two Bronze Pennies having what was certainly the world’s first book launch by instant messaging.

But…I still felt bad about it. So I sat down and made a little movie about the book. What caused me to write it, and how the world today all too often seems to sadly reflect the world of 1890. What a short, short way we’ve come.

It’s not long, only about six minutes. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit down. Let me entertain you – and maybe make you think a bit. Oh, and if you really can’t get enough, further down is a link to a longer extract. And you can, if course, buy the book and read the whole thing. I certainly won’t mind if you do…

And this place offers free delivery worldwide:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Two-Bronze-Pennies-Police-Procedural-Set-Late-19th-Century-England-Chris-Nickson/9780727884916

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Two Bronze Pennies – The Global Launch Event

As (I hope) you’re all aware, Two Bronze Pennies comes out in the UK next week. I’m incredibly proud of the book (go here to read a bit about it and here to read about Tom Harper’s world in 1890s Leeds), and it’s received some great reviews.

My book launches for the Richard Nottingham and Tom Harper books have so far all been in Leeds; after all, they’re set here. I can’t afford do do book tours, sadly. And so…I want to invite you all to my place for the launch. Virtually, anyway.

As far as I’m aware, no one’s done a live, streamed book launch. If I’m right, then this will be a first. On Sunday, May 24, direct from the <cough> grandeur of my living room comes the global Two Bronze Pennies book launch. It’s at 6pm UK time, which should allow as many people as possible from around the world to tune in. You don’t have to sign up for anything – although I may offer links for buying the book – nothing to join, no money to pay. Just enjoy.

Thankfully, it won’t all be me. I’ll talk a bit about the book, read a little. But there will be a couple of special guests. I’m very proud and happy that my friend Shonaleigh, the last drut’syla (a storyteller in the Jewish tradition, has offered to tell a story. That’s very apt, since the story takes place in the Leylands, what was then the Jewish area of Leeds. And there (fingers crossed) will be someone who’s written about the Jews in Leeds to talk briefly about what life was like there.

There’ll be a chat room where you can ask questions – smartarse answers guaranteed – and interact. And it’s only 45 minutes out of your life. A new way to launch a book and thank all of you for buying, borrowing, and reading them.

The URL for the event? I’m glad you asked.  Simply click here, or it’s

https://www.concertwindow.com/89118-chris-nickson

See you there – and don’t worry, there will be reminders. Many, many, many of them! Let’s do something new, shall we?