Wednesday, 5 December 2012

I won a trip to the National Book Awards London

I was lucky enough to win a trip to the National Book Awards  held on Tuesday 4th December and an overnight hotel stay with Specsavers.  The competition was on twitter and involved writing a 140 charater book review. I wrote about Jodie Picoult`s latest book Lone Wolf.

We stayed in the Pestana Hotel and Spa just beside Chelsea Bridge. I took my daughter Katrina with me and the hotel was really very plush. The staff were very friendly and we really enjoyed our stay. The room was much larger than we expected and we felt very spoilt.

 The event itself was held in the stunning  Ballroom of the Mandarin  Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Lorraine Kelly hosted the Book Awards

Gok kindly let us get a photo with him.

 Dave from the Hairy biker Duo was great and I was glad to see them win their award for their book.

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin received a lifetime acheivement award which was really nice to see. We were served  champagne and canapes all evening. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is famous for wonderful food so the canapes were varied and fabulous.

The ballroom was packed with authors, agents families and friends and we met some really nice people.  The Specsaver promotor Johnnie was a great host and made sure we were looked after all evening. We spent lots of time chatting to a lovely lady Helen who works for Woman magazine and the whole evening was really special.

Just facing the Mandarin Hotel is Harvey Nicks and their Christmas window display is colourful and artistic.

We had a lovely time made even more special as Katrina`s birthday was on 1st December and mine is in a few days.

Entering competitions can bring some amazing prizes.

Colourful Christmas Time

Harvey Nicks
Harvey Nicks Christmas Windows
Mandarin Oriental

Harvey Nicks Knightsbridge