Despite adverse weather conditions, guests turned out in force last week for the launch of AK Shevchenko’s first novel Bequest, a gripping thriller with a plot that centres on discoveries in the vaults of Stalin's archives. The launch was held at The Future Gallery on Great Newport Street, with guests treated to a selection of Bequest themed cocktails including White Russians, Vodka Martinis and Moscow Mules, as well as glasses of warm borscht to banish those January blues. The more inquisitive partygoers discovered a secret room filled with edible Goldkenn goldbars representing the real-life Cossack fortune featured in the novel which is rumoured to be stored in the Bank of England vaults.
Shevchenko made a wonderful speech thanking her friends and family, and where she dedicated Bequest to the memory of her grandfather, a Ukrainian historian whose diaries she deftly incorporated into the story. She invited her agent Robert Kirby (United Agents), editor Flora Rees (Headline) and Headline MD Jane Morpeth on stage to cut a cake to celebrate publication.
AK Shevchenko, Robert Kirby, Flora Rees and Jane Morpeth
Jane Morpeth, Flora Rees and Robert Kirby
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