Bodies From the Library 2019





Chrissie, Brad, Moira, Kate enjoying a light tea, planning a murder?



Crime writers, fans and bloggers are officially the nicest people in the world.

I thought that after my first Bodies last year, but it was totally confirmed this time.

Plenty of people have already blogged on the day, so I don’t need to write a long post. Here are some of the posts so far:
(if there are more, let me know, happy to add links)

... and I have done a second post on the day, here

Of course the post we all want to see is Brad’s, when he gets home. 
***[Added later: and here it is. One post to rule them all.]

Brad Friedman of AhSweetMystery came from America for Bodies, something he had been threatening to do for some time. For most of us it was our first chance to meet him in person, although we all felt we knew him as an old friend – and he was exactly as expected, and added greatly to the already-considerable joy of the event.



Brad and Chrissie

I had long promised him an English afternoon tea, so the day before Bodies a group of us met at the Wallace Collection restaurant to enjoy exactly that.

My partner in crime (sorry) for all things Bodies is, always, Christine Poulson, so she and I had already gone to see an exhibition (Mary Quant at the V&A – very Clothes in Books). Then it was off to meet up with Brad, and with Kate Jackson, and with one other person…

Now, I feel I have occasionally made people happy in my life (I hope?) but I doubt I will make anyone as happy as Brad was when I told him in an offhand way that Martin Edwards was joining us for tea. Martin is a hero to all us GA crime fans, and a long-standing friend of this blog, but is also the nicest person you could wish to meet. He and Brad were soon locked in full conversation.


Martin and Brad

Martin then suggested that those of us who had time should go off and investigate the second-hand books on the Charing Cross Rd, and four of us went off together, feeling like the Find-Outers from Enid Blyton. This was a splendid adventure as we all grabbed books, discussed authors, encouraged each other to buy (‘Oh go on… ‘)(hopeless for each other’s budgets). The Bodies event was, of course, beyond tremendous, but if for any horrible reason it hadn’t happened, the bookshop expedition would have (almost) made up for it. Heaven for booklovers. So unusual for all of us to have the fun of being with other people who actually knew what we were talking about. Well – on the whole. We practically forced Brad to buy a Leonard Gribble book as his memento of the trip, and - no, no idea. But everyone else at the conference probably knows exactly who he is.


Chrissie, Kate, Martin, Brad

The next day was the conference, superbly well-organized – very relaxed for crowd and participants because of the huge amount of work put in by organizers and staff. I was on the first panel, talking about Humdrums, which meant I could enjoy the rest of the day even more. See any of the blogs above for full descriptions of the talks and events. I’m running out of superlatives – it was all wonderful.


Chrissie and Martin discuss Cyril Hare

Everyone at Bodies was a delight: there was lots of friendly disagreement and discussion, but not a cross word or a bad feeling so far as I could see. Long may it continue. Roll on Bodies 2020. And thank you to everyone who had a hand in this year’s event.












Comments

  1. What a great time we had, and thanks again for inviting me to the Wallace Collection for that lovely tea - a place I'd never visited, but I plan to return before long...

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    1. Great to see you, and so glad you enjoyed. What a wonderful weekend it was.

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  2. It looks as though you had a lovely time, Moira! I'm so happy for you. The event itself sounds fabulous, and it's all even better when you have the chance to meet up with friends. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Come on Margot, can't we tempt you to come over to Bodies some year?

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  3. Thanks for the mention Moira. Forgotten how many photos there were!

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    1. Brad says it looks as though he is eating your tea as well as his own. I'm not asking you to snitch on him, but I did wonder...

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    2. haha fear not. I definitely ate all of my food. Though there was that moment when Brad told me to look behind my chair to see a tap dancing squirrel. Couldn't see it, but I'm sure there was nothing in that though...

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    3. Now that made me laugh! nearly as much as we laughed that weekend. Was fun, wasn't it?

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  4. Great to see the pix of y'all there. Now, if only the NYC Library could be persuaded to do something similar . . .

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    1. Oh yes! And we'd all come. (That should put you off.)

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  5. I love this post. It is great to see the picture of you and Christine, Brad, and Kate having a good time together. I have seen some of the posts you listed, but thanks for the list so I can go visit the others.

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    1. Thanks Tracy - it was such a great occasion. And I particularly recommend JJ's post at Invisible Event, a fabulous list of books!

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  6. Looks like you all had fun.

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    1. We did! note my other suggestion of a Noir Festival....

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