There was an excitable buzz last night at the launch of Daisy Dunn’s debut books: Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet and The Poems of Catullus, at Peter Harrington Rare Books in Dover Street, Mayfair.
Among the 200+ guests pounding the shop’s floor were Ian and Victoria Hislop, Sir Simon Jenkins, Hannah Kaye, Mike Grady, Hugo Williams, Giles Milton, Suzannah Lipscomb, Michael Cockerell, Gordon Corera, Thane Prince…
All gathered around beautiful first edition copies of books like Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield…
And of course my sister’s books!
Yes. Daisy Dunn is my sister!
Catullus’ Bedspread tells the story of Rome’s first great love poet. It’s a little bit saucy and steamy… and the collection of poems contains Daisy’s beautiful translations of Catullus’ work.
To learn more about the new books (before I put full reviews up on here) you can watch this quick interview with Daisy on YouTube.
And you can listen to the Introduction of the books here (read by actor Mike Grady, pictured centred above).
The books are released on the 28th January, published by HarperCollins.
I’m thrilled that the launch has been so well-covered across the press: it was on the Tatler Bystander pages this morning…
And in the Evening Standard Londoner’s Diary pages this afternoon.
It was such an exciting evening. I am so proud to call Daisy my sister!