Voyager UK hosts a party at the Tower of London

It’s certainly been a week to remember for HarperVoyager UK. Having the great George R.R. Martin in town means that we have been able to toast his great success and to celebrate all the other fantastic authors and team members that have made Voyager the UK’s number one science fiction and fantasy publisher.

From L-R: Jon Courtney Grimwood, Sam Baker, Abdel Bakrim, George R.R. Martin, and two guests from HBO

Last night was literally the ‘crowning’ event, a party celebrating Voyager held at the infamous White Tower at the Tower of London, with George as the guest of honour. Invitees were treated to a private tour of the crown jewels (we really could have done with the royal punch bowl to fill with 100 bottles of wine) and the armoury, before heading up to the second floor of the White Tower to mingle with our guest of honour and his lovely wife Parris; fellow Voyager authors Stacia Kane, James Smythe and Stephen Hunt; and Game of Thrones cast members John Bradley West and Gethin Anthony.

George R.R. Martin with the two Waterstones competition winners

Voyager publishing director Jane Johnson and deputy publishing director Emma Coode gave a joint speech, with a well-deserved thank you to Laura Mell, publicity maven extraordinaire who organized the event as well as the rest of George’s packed schedule.

Then the rest of the evening was dedicated to champagne, canapés and ogling Henry VIII’s codpiece (who did he think he was kidding?). George, Parris and all the Voyager authors were then whisked away to witness the Ceremony of the Keys – the traditional locking up of the Tower of London, an event that has happened every night, without fail, for 700 years.

And may all our Voyager books last that long!

The tower at night - no tourists to be seen... spooky

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