Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties by Owen King (published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton, 2017)

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye



It is the Hay Festival Winter Weekend so this Bookseller’s Breakfast is celebrating the very first event which … (fanfare of drums) … was sponsored by Addyman Books and Murder and Mayhem.

Owen King was interviewed in a very lively fashion by John Connolly. While the focus of conversation was on Sleeping Beauties, a terrifying richly layered fantasy that Owen wrote with his father Stephen King, the audience was also treated to a wealth of information about growing up in Maine in a family of writers. It was good to hear the Kings sent their children to the local state schools and it worked.

I have rarely met a more engaging and honest writer and the warmth generated between Owen, John and the audience delighted us all. The questions from the audience were just fabulous.

Our Addyman team were joined by a couple of our #bookstagram friends. If you swipe you can see some more photos of the evening. I hope you can tell from them how lovely Owen King was – he gave each person in his very long signing queue time to chat with him and he included quotations with the personal inscriptions.

I have also photographed the seed flower from the Japanese Anemone seed heads from the garden of Lower House Garden in Hay – if you read this book you will see why I find their sticky fibrous fluffy seeds appropriate. Owen told us he came up with idea of how awful a world would be without women when he had very small children and felt the worst thing that could happen was that his wife might not be there or that she might never wake up.

We have acquired a few signed copies of the limited edition which bears a different gilt embossed animal to the upper board underneath the wrapper. If you would like one of these (very limited in quantity) they are £25 including signed delivery.


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