To Waterstones in Covent Garden yesterday evening for the launch of Mary Hamer's novel, Kipling & Trix, for which Hamer was awarded The Virginia Prize for Fiction.
The name of Rudyard Kipling is known to millions but what of his talented younger sister, Trix?
Mary Hamer's novel explores dark episodes in their childhood and follows the reverberations through their adult lives. In the book Henry James refers to Rudyard as a 'brilliant, agitated boy.' Sister Trix was similarly brilliant but why didn't she shine?
Later this month I'll be posting an interview with Mary Hamer to discover how she came to inhabit the world of this famous writer and his sister. Meanwhile, the launch in pictures:
below: the author relaxes