A generous book filled with all of the author’s passions and interests, is how Elizabeth Knox’s new door-stopper novel The Absolute Book was characterised at a star-studded launch at Unity Books on Thursday 12 September. Elizabeth was joined in celebration by a host of authors, publishers and literary luminaries, including her publisher Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press and fellow author of the fantastic, Anna Smaill, who officially launched the book. Anna gave a memorable speech in praise of all things ‘Knoxian’, which can be read in full in this VUP Blog post.
Elizabeth, in turn, made a gracious speech giving thanks to all those involved in the writing and publishing process, including, among many others, her editor Ashleigh Young, VUP colleagues Kirsten McDougall, Therese Lloyd and Fergus Barrowman, and the cover artist Catherine Nelson.
A queue snaked back around the tables as book signing commenced, with an autograph and a characteristic smile waiting at Elizabeth’s end.