TURNOUT OFF THE SCALE FOR BOOK LAUNCH
LOCAL author Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn's launch of new novel The Piano Player's Son has been greeted with a glorious fanfare of approval.
People queued at the official launch event for signed copies of the enthralling book about a family torn apart when a death and a deadly secret strike a distinctively discordant note.
Worcester's St Swithuns Institute was packed with eager readers keen to hear Lindsay (pictured) read excerpts from her story and they also enjoyed music provided by local band Slowtrain, Trevor Stanberry-Flynn on the piano, and poetry from Amy Rainbow and Gary Longden.
The Piano Player's Son was picked for publication in a nationwide search by Cinnamon Press, whose founder Jan Fortune said: "It's a novel that hooks the reader from the opening line.
"In the best novels there is a sense not only of immense satisfaction, but also loss when we finish the book. The Piano Player's Son achieves this."
The novel is the second by Lindsay, who teaches creative writing in Evesham, where she lives, and Malvern and addresses groups round the Midlands and Cotswolds.
Her first book, Unravelling, and her short stories have also won awards, and she was recently a winner in the Fish Publishing flash fiction competition.
Lindsay is also turning her writing skills into a chorus of creative high spots, as writer in residence for the English Symphony Orchestra. Her flash fiction stories of the characters were flashed on to the orchestra's website in the build up to their series of productions of Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde.
"It has been a busy year so far, and it's not letting up as I'm in the middle of writing my third novel," says Lindsay.
"But it was wonderful to take time out to celebrate the publication of The Piano Player's Son, and I am delighted that so many people came to support me at the launch."
For everyone who purchases a copy of The Piano Player's Son, Cinnamon Press is also offering a free novel. For full details, visit www.cinnamonpress.com/the-piano-players-son/
The book is also available to buy from Amazon and all good bookshops, including Blandford Books of Broadway.