‘Black Rock,’ the fictional book about Napoleon Bonaparte on St Helena, by Louise Hoole, was officially launched on Monday evening before an audience of 50 people at the museum in Jamestown.
After introductions, Jason Courtis (SHNT) read an excerpt from the book, before French Consul, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, was invited to pose questions to Louise about her novel for the benefit of the audience.
The author then read a second excerpt before taking questions from the audience.
As reported in last week’s Sentinel, the book is set in 1821, the week after Napoleon died. The Frenchman is a ghost in ‘Black Rock,’ and the key narrator.
The launch on Monday marks the end of a 15 year journey from the initial 5 years of research and first draft, a period of just sitting “on the shelf for a long time,” through to publishing and the 2014 launch.
The author has “long ties with St Helena,” having first arrived in 1978. She is perhaps, best known on the island as the daughter of the late Alan Hoole, who served as governor of St Helena from May 1991 to June 1995.
Signed copies of the book were available for sale, both hardback and paperback, on the night. It will also be available locally from the museum gift shop, tourist office and other outlets. It is also available worldwide from online retailer, Amazon.
||This report and more appears in The Sentinel of 21 August 2014