Bone by Bone was published on March 3 and we had a celebration at Waterstones, Bristol. It was a wonderful night, and a huge thank you to those of you who were able to come! My editor, Louise Cullen, at Corvus Books, introduced me and read a statement from Kidscape, the anti-bullying charity I’m supporting. I read the prologue to Bone by Bone, and Laura Soper, an actor training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, read an extract from Autumn Wild’s point of view, the nine-year-old girl in my thriller. And then we ate cake and drank fizz!
Statement from Kidscape:
‘We are really sorry not to be with you in person tonight for the launch of Bone by Bone. We are hugely grateful to Sanjida for working so closely with us and donating a portion of the profits of the book to Kidscape.
Bullying is an issue which can affect anybody, regardless of family background, location or economic circumstance, and Bone by Bone handles these issues in an incredibly thoughtful and incisive manner, as well as being an incredibly exciting read. Kidscape has spent 30 years supporting families through the torment of bullying and educating teachers and other professionals about the damage bullying can do, and what they can do to prevent it occurring.
All the money raised through sales of Bone by Bone will help Kidscape to continue its highly-effective early intervention work in schools throughout the country. We hope that Bone by Bone is the tremendous success it deserves to be, and wish Sanjida and everybody here tonight a wonderful evening’