*gasp!* First run SOLD OUT

cropped-cover-dragoni-cropped.jpgI’ve just spoken to the publisher, Mona, and she had this amazing news. Less than a week after launching the dragons at Bookfest, the whole of the first print run (3,000 copies) is sold out! The book is already being reprinted…

Congratulations to the Booklet Fiction team – I’m amazed and delighted. Onwards and upwards!

Want to be a nicer, kinder person?

Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic, writes journalist Sarah Young in The Independent newspaper.

After being quizzed on their preferences for books, TV and plays, 123 participants were tested on interpersonal skills including how much they considered other people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.

The study, conducted by Kingston University in London, found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to those who preferred watching television.

“Engaging with fictional prose and comedy in particular could be key to enhancing people’s empathetic abilities.”   Read the article here

 

 

Exciting, yes, but there’s more to it.

Sair & bookshelf

Sarah Grant, English teacher and British expat in Bucuresti, had this to say about the book (and more).

Arabella McIntyre-Brown’s exciting Dragons Over London brings home the values of loyalty, courage and openmindedness through a whirlwind of magic, suspense and adventure. Whether you’re a tiny mouse or a huge dragon, acceptance and truth are the crux to overcoming bigotry, discrimination and prejudice to build strength and resilience in the face of adversity…. Read the whole review here.

My first customers!

Here are Luca and Nadia, proving that it’s never too early to fall in love with books… With thanks to Fairy Bookmother and family friend, Alexandra Craciunoiu.

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Alexandra introduces Luca to his first book. He doesn’t look 100% convinced so far!
Baby sitting with book open
Nadia absorbed in the story of George and his dragon

Book of the month!

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Yes, the dragons have that wonderful label… the publisher’s book of the month!! Doesn’t that sound nice?

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How to order your dragons

The book is rolling off the printing presses as I write! And Mona, the publisher, told me in secret (!!!) that the initial response from teachers has been very enthusiastic. In fact she said (even more secretly) that the Dragons are top of the list of forthcoming attractions…!!  (apologies for all the exclamation marks – I usually hate them – but it is very exciting to hear this kind of thing from one’s lovely publisher!!!!!!!!!!!)

Okay – I’ve calmed down.

Several friends have asked how they can get their hands on a copy, so I thought a quick post was in order. The quickest and easiest way to order, is from the publishers themselves.

booklet fiction logoBooklet Fiction’s order line is:

021 430 30 95 

And very soon I’ll post any other details about ordering.

There will also be news of events – book signings, readings, writing workshops, and more. Dragons are coming to town… your town.

Celebrate George’s Day with a dragon!

18010111_10155187063807359_941950006086771224_nTo England, 23rd April (today) is St George’s Day, dedicated to the country’s patron saint.

It’s always upset me that mean old George was so horrible to the poor dragon.  It was even worse when the ultra-right neo-fascist idiots used the English flag of St George to demonstrate English supremacy over the world, and all foreigners. Idiots. Don’t get me started on their xenophobic bigotry. They don’t have any idea where the ‘English’ came from…

BUT these days I celebrate this day not just as William Shakespeare’s birth (and death) day, but as the special day for my little George and his spectacular dragon, Xiaolong.

COVER dragoniThey both feature in my new book, published by Booklet Fiction in May, all about these two heroes and some other more villainous dragons, all vying for victory in the skies of London.

Not only that… here’s something that most readers won’t get to know. But towards the end of the book, something happens on this very day, Sunday 23rd April 2017. What’s going on in London today? The London Marathon. I’m going to say nothing more about it here – you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Actually, the precise date doesn’t matter too much, but when I was doing my research and calculations for the book, this was the date I fixed on. So now you know…

George and Xiaolong are talking
Brave, loyal mouse George hushes the imperial dragon