Tea at Claridge's for Hilary McKay

Nicolette Jones
People - Children Thursday, 27 September 2018

Macmillan celebrates The Skylarks' War

Macmillan Children's hosted a tea at Claridges yesterday to celebrate the launch of Hilary McKay's novel The Skylarks' War.

Among the guests were Julia Eccleshare, Imogen Russell Williams, Joy Court, Roz de la Hey, McKay's agent Molly Ker Hawn, and the author's daughter Bella. Macmillan's Venetia Gosling spoke of her long enthusiasm for McKay's work, mentioning in particular the Casson family series. The Skylarks' War has already been chosen as a book of the week in both the Times and the Sunday Times, and has been one of the 50 books of the autumn in the Guardian (of which only five were children's books).

Gosling also revealed that Macmillan would be reissuing McKay's Exiles books.

McKay responded with a speech that included a skilled parody, paying tribute to many present, of the St Crispin's Day speech from Henry V, and a reading of a passage, both funny and perilous, from the early part of her novel.

McKay’s former agent was Jennifer Luithlen, and she was formerly published by Hodder Children’s Books, although her Fairy Tales, published last autumn, were commissioned by Gosling for Macmillan. The American edition, also out now, is published as Love to Everyone (Margaret K McElderry Books).

Photo left to right: Venetia Gosling, Hilary McKay Molly Ker Hawn

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