Johnny Mackintosh is Published!

Today, 3rd July 2008, Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London was published. Coincidentally, it’s also exactly a year to the day since my publisher, Quercus, told me they loved the Johnny Mackintosh manuscript and made me an offer to write a series of books.

With fear and trembling, I visited my local Waterstone’s to see if I would find the book on the shelves. As it happens, Johnny was proudly on display and keeping very illustrious company. Here he is, by a coincidence of Waterstones’ shelf structure, right next to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Publication day in Waterstones

Keith Mansfield, Tower Bridge and the Spirit of London on publication day

To celebrate, today I ordered Johnny’s favourite meal at a London riverside restaurant: fish ‘n chips followed by sticky toffee pudding. I don’t know if it’s because today’s so special, but the food was incredible – my only disappointment being that I forgot to take a photo. Instead, here I am on the restaurant’s terrace, with the Spirit of London peeking through between the span of Tower Bridge – which makes an appearance in the final chapter of the book.

Food’s never far from Johnny’s mind, so it was important to have some cakes for last night’s launch party: some came with the book cover, others with just the logo, and then Bentley the Old English sheepdog, Ptery the Pteradon, Johnny’s locket and the Milky Way galaxy all made an appearance.

The launch could hardly have gone better. It was lovely to have a big team from Quercus there – from left to right we have me, my editor Roisin Heycock, Parul Bavishi (holding the champagne by my right ear), Nicci Praca and also Suzy Jenvey who signed me up originally before leaving for pastures new.

Roisin gave a great speech that I had to try to follow, and I also read a piece from the book where Johnny is chased by a T Rex. The location was the roof terrace of Sir John Cass’s Foundation School in the heart of the City of London. It must be a wonderful place to go to school, and how lucky are those kids with a giant spaceship right outside their building?

Sadly all good things must come to an end though, but as darkness fell and the Spirit of London lit up our surroundings, at least I had the consolation that in only a few hours time my debut novel would be in the shops.


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~ by keithmansfield on July 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “Johnny Mackintosh is Published!”

  1. It was a great evening Keith! And it’s so exciting to see your book on the shelf there! excellent!

    Brilliant cakes too…

  2. There is a FACEBOOK goup called “Mansfields r us”, I’m sure there would be some interest there!
    I’ve already taken the liberty of putting your link on there!

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