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Antti Thomainen and Lilja Sigurdardottir at the Icelandic Embassy

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Above left to right Karen Sullivan, Pirjo Pellinen (Finnish Embassy), Antti Tuomainen, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Þurý Björk Björgvinsdóttir from the Icelandic Embassy, and editor West Camel.
The launch of Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen and Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir was celebrated at the Icelandic Embassy on the 6th November.

We were warmly welcomed by West Camel who talked a little about both books his final words being they are both  'corkers' .

Lilja talked about her book Cage which is the last book in the trilogy. She said it's about time and what time does to people. It starts five years after the last book Trap and she said you can see where the characters are now.  
 She gave words of thanks to Karen Sulliavan of Orenda books for taking a chance on her and publishing her books. She expressed the importance to her of her books being available in other languages. Translation she said was so important and thanked Quentin Bates who is her translator and West Camel for his wonderful editing. She thanked us all for coming and for being so nice.

Antti Tuomainen thanked us for coming saying it would be so lonely here if you hadn't.  He gave thanks to many people, but I didn't catch all the names.
He said that it was an important book for him but modesty prevented him from listing the plaudits received and then proceeded to do so.🌝 
He said although a very funny book it does get a bit dark.

It was a lovely friendly evening.
Additionally they served the most marvellous canapes. 

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