The Booklaunch of When We Were Wicked

Ruth HartleyBook Launch, Memoir, Politics, Southern Africa, When I Was Bad, When We Were Wicked6 Comments

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When We Were Wicked Ruth Hartley

When We Were Wicked

My new short story and short memoir collection, When We Were Wicked has been published this January 2021 during the pandemic lockdown.

How on earth could I organise a book launch for it?

This is what happened: Celebration online, in print, and in person!

Here is the first answer – Booklaunch magazine!

I discovered Booklaunch through a friend Michael Holman who was featured in a previous edition for his book Postmark Africa – a collection of journalism from 50 years of reporting from Africa. (Michael was also a friend of Diana Mitchell whose memoir I featured in my last post.)

Booklaunch is both a digital and a paper magazine about books – in it, you will find a story from my book, a review, and a link to Amazon.

I’ve included a screenshot below. You can also go straight to Booklaunch Issue 11 page 19 and read all about my new book there.

Booklaunch is a very interesting read about other writers and can be found on Facebook and Instagram too.

Booklaunch Magazine


As well as celebrating my new book, Wednesday marked the relaxing of some Covid pandemic rules. We are now allowed to meet friends in small groups out of doors and so we celebrated at our local OXO bar where France and Didier generously have my books for sale. So here are kind friends helping me launch When We Were Wicked. Thank you to the OXO bar, my friends, and John, who not only edits my writing but on this occasion paid for some rounds of drinks!

The OXO bar booklaunch

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6 Comments on “The Booklaunch of When We Were Wicked”

  1. Mel

    I imagined you and you sister in the car in the heat at Chikurubi. Love the build up and gradual unfolding. Beautifully written.

    1. Ruth Hartley

      Hi Mel – thank you – memories from childhood are so clear – and yet it takes so long to begin to understand what was happening through the filters of growing up –

    1. Ruth Hartley

      Thank you Su – I hope you enjoy it and I do love to hear what people think of what I write and why too

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