SALES RECORDS SMASHED! In-store book-signing by author Justin Sheedy, Dymocks Broadway, Saturday 22 December 2012
Sydney author Justin Sheedy was delighted to close a highly successful 2012 with yet another sell-out book-signing in a series of such sell-out events throughout the year for his latest book ‘Nor the Years Condemn’.
On Sat 22nd December Sheedy began his day at Dymocks Broadway in central Sydney at 10am, signing copies of his book for store customers, sharing with them his passion for the great Australian story on which ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ is based. Sales of the book were so lively that all copies of the book sold out by mid-day, requiring Sheedy to race away and return with all available boxes of the book. Which then sold out. Sheedy was informed by store staff at the end of the day that he had in fact smashed all existing records for in-store event sales, a delightful end-note to a very happy day and writing year.
Sheedy had only just spent the day previous, Fri 21st December, at a similar in-store event at Dymocks North Sydney, a day beginning at 8am with a local film producer on the spot to speak with the author about a possible docu-drama based on ‘Nor the Years Condemn’. During the day Sheedy was delighted to meet and chat with Caroline Lowry, manager of Dymocks Books brand-new publishing arm, D-Publishing, who was on hand to witness Sheedy’s in-store event style in action. At the end of the day Sheedy expressed his sincere thanks to Dymocks North Sydney owner Sandra Wigzell and her exceptional staff for inviting him to this return visit to the store following on from a Fathers’ Day lead-up book-signing in August.
It has indeed been a successful year for Sheedy. ‘Nor the Years Condemn’, his second book, was published in January and promptly saw him invited to the Gloucester Writers’ Festival 2012 (resulting in a lovely interview of Sheedy by prolific Australian author Lisa Heidke). In May, ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ was stocked by Dymocks George Street Sydney who, thanks to the inspired insight of Dymocks book-buyer Ben Garland, have since re-ordered the title no less than 7 times. In the months to follow Sheedy was invited to a series of promotional civic & school talks and in-store events beginning with Dymocks North Sydney and Chatswood.
The pace of success then went up a notch for the author with his interview on the iconic John Laws Show which led to the first of Sheedy’s sell-out book-signings at Dymocks George Street Sydney – a special Remembrance Day weekend event including bagpiper and ‘The Last Post’ on trumpet – FULL STORY & PICS by Emmy Etié HERE.
This day was closely followed by another sell-out event at Dymocks Macquarie Centre, the author’s day there concluding with a centre customer stopping to inform him that he had signed her copy of the book recently at Dymocks George Street and that she had ‘absolutely loved it from start to finish’.
During the year Sheedy has received the warmest reader responses (click here to read) and press reviews for ‘Nor the Years Condemn’, opening with a feature in the Byron Bay area Northern Star newspaper, then in Sydney’s Inner West Courier, Central Magazine, Parramatta Sun PS Magazine, Anzac Day issues of Sydney’s Northern District Times and North Shore Times, podcasts and radio interviews on Triple-H FM and NSB FM, also RRR FM and 2CCR FM, a heart-felt review by media presenter/pilot & mother Kathy Mexted in Australian Pilot Magazine, the year closing with the Northern District Times’ second glowing review of the book. During the year Sheedy was additionally delighted to be commissioned by the prestigious New South Wales Writers’ Centre to pen an article on his experience as an emerging Australian writer for the NSWWC Members’ online magazine. Most fittingly did the Centre entitle Sheedy’s resulting effort ‘The Power of Perseverance’, an article which was hugely well received by his fellow authors.
Readers of ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ are, as you read this, begging Sheedy for the sequel, which he is half-way through writing: ‘Ghosts of the Empire’ will be published in 2013 – but only after the author can absorb the overwhelming amount of historical and technical advice and support he is currently being showered with by kind souls from all over the globe. Sheedy would like to express his profound gratitude to ALL who have encouraged and supported him in 2012. See below for an introduction to ‘Nor the Years Condemn’ – now available at Dymocks George Street, Dymocks Macquarie Centre and Chatswood, Broadway, Bondi Junction, Rouse Hill and Camberwell stores, also Gleebooks, Berkelouw Books Paddington, The Australian War Memorial, as a print-on-demand paperback at Amazon, as an ebook at Smashwords and all major ebook sites. The book is also available at Epping Library, Hornsby Library and The Stanton Library North Sydney to whose staff Sheedy is eternally grateful for their ongoing support. (Sheedy’s first book was ‘Goodbye Crackernight’, also available at Amazon, Dymocks, and through all good bookstores.)
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
At the beginning of World War II, Britain was in the deepest trouble imaginable. 5 minutes flying time away crouched a monster. Alone against it, Britain called out to her Empire. For pilots. From all corners of that Empire, they volunteered. Only the best & brightest were chosen. Australian Daniel Quinn was one of these young men who came to fly against the monster. They had a 1-in-3 chance of survival.
“Nor the Years Condemn” is based on the true story of the young Australians who flew Spitfires against the all-conquering might of Nazi Germany. In their late teens and early-20s, for the job at hand they had to be the ‘shining ones’, rendering the death of so many of them doubly heart-rending for the reader. Daniel Quinn, flanked by the often hilarious young men of his elite ilk, leaves his peacetime life behind to fight tyranny in this portrait of doomed, brilliant youth.
With in-the-cockpit flying sequences that readers have described as ‘cinematic’, “Nor the Years Condemn” is also a story of the mothers cursed to relinquish their wonderful sons to war, of first love, of strategic deception and betrayal, of brotherhood and once-in-a-lifetime friendship on a knife’s edge. It is a story of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors ‘condemned by the years’, and to their memory of friends who remain forever young.