Sun 13 July 2008, The Independent

Page-turner: Grab your pulling pants – it's party time

By Suzi Feay
The season of summer parties is upon us. Garden parties and parties in museums, bookshops and jewellers; parties fuelled by tequila, mojitos and champagne (at the bare minimum, darling). Then there are the awards ceremonies: the Crime Writers' Association dinner, the Samuel Johnson prize bash. The London Literature Festival kicked off with a barbecue overlooking the the Thames. And there are still some books to launch. It's hard to fit it all in: "Are you going to Victoria Hislop's? I hear there'll be flamenco dancing." "I thought I might, on my way to the V&A...;" "Did you pop in at Asprey's for Sebag's launch?" "What a scrum... you know, Santa Montefiore hugging Claus Von Bülow, and the paps going bonkers when Tara P-T arrived..."
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