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. ┬áSimply 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?

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Two Bronze Pennies Launch – what do you think?

If you look at this site at all, you’ll have seen me going on about the publication of Two Bronze Pennies in the UK on April 30. Probably early August elsewhere. I wanted to do something a little different for a launch, something to involve everyone. I’ve hit on an idea and I’d like to know what you think about it.

To backtrack a second Leeds.: Two Bronze Pennies is the second Tom Harper novel, set in late Victorian Leeds. It starts with the killing of a young Jewish man in the area known as the Leylands, where Jewish refugees from all across Eastern Europe settled in towards the end of the 19th century. There’s also a sub plot involving the disappearance of Louis Le Prince, who took the first motion pictures and invented the camera to take them – he lived in Leeds and actually did vanish in France. And Annabelle features more heavily as she considers opening a new business.

Those are the bones. So what about the launch? Plenty of my readers live abroad, and as I can’t travel to them, why not have something that can bring everyone together? There’s a platform called Concert Window, which will let me broadcast the launch live from my home to yours. A little bit of talk, a couple of short extracts from the book, a story from the remarkable Jewish storyteller Shonaleigh (who really is one of the best storytellers in the world) and hopefully a tiny but of history from some people who written about the Jews in Leeds. An hour of your time, and there’s a chat room for you to ask questions, comment, and even exchange conversation with each other.

As far as I’m aware, this will be a world first for a book launch. No one has tried anything like this before, live online. I plan on holding it at 6pm on a Saturday evening towards the end of May. That should allow most people to log on and take part (that’s 1pm East Coast time, 10 am West Coast and rather early in the morning in Australia – sorry). Logging on only requires clicking a link. You don’t have to give details, it doesn’t cost you anything.

It could be a resounding failure, of course, but that’s part of the fun. My question to you is, what do you think of the idea? Would you be willing to watch at least part of it? I hope so. It would be great to have plenty of people from all over the world involved. And we’d be trying something new.

Please, let me know.