Llanelian author celebrates successful signing event at Llandudno book store

A BOOK signing event took place in Llandudno last weekend to coincide with the release of an author from Llanelian’s second published novel.

Christopher Kerr’s “The Barbarossa Secret” became available to purchase on Saturday, May 28, and on the same day, from 11am, he signed copies at Waterstones in Llandudno, on Mostyn Street.

The book, which weaves the suspense of discovering a long-buried secret with an epic human drama, follows the release of his debut novel, “The Covenant”, in 2021.

Set between events during World War II and the build-up of the COVID-19 pandemic, the book tells of how a journalist seeks the truth about his family’s personal involvement in one of the greatest hidden episodes of the war.

But his revelations prove so dramatic that they will shake the foundations of present-day governments and put his own life at risk, as intelligence agencies seek to keep the information hidden.

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Christopher said: “It was a fabulous event. I met a lot of people who came to visit, so it was an interesting day – far more successful than we anticipated, but then the whole exercise has been a very pleasant, shock experience.

“We sold quite a number of copies on the day, but that wasn’t the main reason why (the event took place) – it was to allow me to meet with readers and vice-versa. There was interest there all day.

“All of the comments that I had been positive – some had actually read the book already – and there were many people who wished me success with it.

“It generated some debate on the day with those are knowledgeable about World War II, but it was a very positive debate, and I quite surprised by the depth of knowledge exhibited by some who attended.

“And thanks to Waterstones, because their hospitality was warm and kept me fed, and their staff took a lively interest in what was happening.

“People went to the tills carrying copies of not only ‘The Barbarossa Secret’, but also my previous work, ‘The Covenant’.

“That’s been followed up by a radio interview in which I’ve been described as the best read that they’ve reviewed in years, so that’s been extremely positive, too.”

A former civil servant, marketing executive, and entrepreneur, Christopher now concentrates on writing, based upon a keen interest in politics and current affairs.

He took up writing novels following the death of his wife, who always encouraged him to fulfill his lifelong dream, and has also almost finished his third book, “Fission.”

“The Barbarossa Secret” is available now from most major book stores, and is released via The Book Guild.

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