Today is literally the day
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I feel like I’ve slipped into irregularity with my substacks, sad emoji face. It’s not you understand, that I’ve been lazy (or at least no lazier than usual) but rather that I’ve hard at it, writing articles for many other pristine news and culture outlets. There hasn’t been a spare minute, let alone a spare thought. You see I’ve been on the promo trail, because today my book is finally published! Yes, really! Maybe you already know this? I have been talking about it quite a lot, but then it’s not every day one makes their debut with a major publisher is it???
So far the reviews and previews have been mega; from landing a slot on The Observer top 10 debuts of 2022, to write-ups in Elle and Harpers, and raves from Tatler and Take a Break (yes, really!) At Certain Points We Touch seems to have connected with a lorra lorra readers, which I am truly thrilled about. After all, that’s kind of the whole point, isn't it?
It has also been a real joy to meet booksellers and hear how much they enjoyed the novel, I’d maybe say this has been the highlight of the adventure thus far. These ppl read hundred of books every year, so when they choose one to champion it’s very special. I went all over London yesterday signing copies, happy as Larry Olivier, tramping about in the rain, only stopping to reapply my Charlotte Tilbury. Now, knowing that there are indeed ppl who do not live in London, the lovely Gary at Foyles on Charing Cross Road has arranged it so that you can get a signed copy online through them. If you’d like that then follow this link bb.
Ofc I’ll also be reading throughout the year, starting with these two events in March where I’ll be co-starring with self-described “chaos muppet” Grace Lavery, author of the rollicking “Please Miss”. If yr in Brighton or London plz do come!
And furthermore, here’s the proof that I’m not a total slacker, in the form of some articles I’ve written lately. This one is about digital grief and here’s one I wrote about time’n’place so if you’ve missed my erotic erudition plz satiate yourself to a small degree with those two.
Hoping to see yous an event somewhere soon! LMK what you think about the book! There’ll be more short prose pieces here soon, but for now, please give me love to your mother, and tell her that I looked it up - broccoli is low FODMAP but cauliflower isn’t. Funny, I know. Quizzical face emoji.
Congratulations Lauren! All the treasure you have shared here in Substack still has explorers who are discovering it for the first time- me! I have enjoyed reading your pieces here. It has been wonderful to read your posts and simultaneously feel totally inspired for writing of my own. I have always considered myself a writer but have never shared what I write regularly. I'm terrified and absolutely thrilled. Thank you again for sharing your gift with the world.