Twenty-four years ago today, 28 August 1997, we had the launch party for my first novel Road Rage!, which was published by the legendary George Marshall on his Low Life Books imprint. The launch was at a great bookshop-come-bar called Tactical on D’Arblay Street in Soho, London W1. It was pretty rammed. At one point the police came, because there were so many people spilling out into D’Arblay Street. This was the invite – printed 3 per sheet of A4 and guillotined (to fit a DL-size envelope without folding, in theory anyway). These invites were sent by post in those mostly pre-email days, although I see that we used the ‘@’ symbol on the invite. Underground rave act The Knights of the Occasional Table played, and the novel was Book of the Month in i-D Magazine.
At time of writing there is a copy of Road Rage! for sale on Abebooks, which the book-dealer notes has, ‘Invitation to the book launch loosely inserted’.
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