RNA Winter Party – what’s hot in London this season?

An evening with romance authors and publishing professionals, plus the Romantic Novelists’ Association Industry awards – it couldn’t be missed! And then came the chance for making a day out of it. November was the time to become truly cosmopolitan in London… starting with a Greek meze.

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Suvlaki is an Athenian grill on Bateman Street and what a little gem it is. Cosy and intimate, you are immediately welcomed in like you are part of the big, fat, Greek family. This is an eatery focusing on excellent, authentic Greek dining. Food is traditional, succulent and plentiful and the service is second to none. Ignoring the grey skies outside, you could be lunching in a taverna far, far away….

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Next stop was Chinatown for a browse around the markets, sucking up this little corner of Beijing in the UK capital.

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Next stop was Waterstones Piccadilly for some pre-party cocktails!

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L-R Rachel Lyndhurst, Mandy Baggot, Leah Mercer

Then it was on to the Royal Over-Seas League for the Romantic Novelists’ Winter Party and those previously talked about awards.

As always, the room was buzzing from the very start.

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And it was all about the shoes!

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Photo by John Jackson

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Photo by John Jackson

Then came the awards…

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Photo by John Jackson

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Photo by John Jackson

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Kim Nash – Media Star 2016. Photo by John Jackson

Full list of winners

Agent of the Year – the late Carol Blake

Bookseller of the Year – David Headley – Goldsboro Books

Media Star – Kim Nash

Best Adaptation of a Novel – Jojo Moyes for Me Before You

Publisher of the Year – Oliver Rhodes, Bookouture

We were all winners on the night as another excellent party ended with good times and good friends!

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L-R Linn B Halton and Rachel Lyndhurst Photo by John Jackson

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L-R Helen J Rolfe, Adrienne Vaughan and Mandy Baggot 

Photo by John Jackson

Mandy Baggot 2015

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