Book Launch! Acts of Love by Talulah Riley

Acts-of-Love-Talulah-Riley at Daunt Books

I popped over to Holland Park on Wednesday evening to attend the launch of Acts of Love, Talulah Riley’s debut novel. The talented actress, who has featured in Pride and Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley and Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio, is also a director, screenwriter and entrepreneur. Now she has turned her hand to writing – I can’t wait to read this! But back to Daunt Books where Talulah was surrounded by friends, family and colleagues to celebrate this childhood dream becoming a reality over wine and nibbles.

Holland Park Houses London

The sun was shining on the broad, tree lined streets and inside, the shop was decorated with bouquets of sunflowers and copies of the new novel…

Flowers in Daunt Books Holland Park for Talulah Riley Acts of Love book launch

Acts-of-Love-by-Talulah-Riley in Daunt Books

…which Talulah was more than happy to sign.

Talulah Riley book signing at Daunt Books holland park during the book launch for Acts of Love

Acts of Love has been described as a “bold and powerful modern love story”. It tells the tale of Bernadette, a British journalist who has built her career on a talent for lulling powerful men into a false sense of security, then exposing them in her brutal profile pieces. Then she meets billionaire genius Radley Blake, and everything changes…

I asked Talulah what inspired her to write the book and initially thought she was kidding when she said 50 Shades of Grey! She went on to explain that male characters in romantic literature, such as Christian Grey or Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, often have misogynistic tendencies and that she wanted to create a female protagonist who was just as bad and see if that would still be considered an attractive character by people. A novel about a #badbitch, I’m in.

There have been questions about whether the story is based on Talulah’s life or her marriage to Tesla, Space X and PayPal founder, Elon Musk but this has been dismissed by both camps.

Acts of Love by Talulah Riley in Daunt Books Holland Park

Publishing house Hodder & Stoughton’s managing director Carolyn Mays raised a toast to Riley on her accomplishment and compared her novel to the writing of Jane Austen. High praise indeed! Riley replied, “I get so hot when people talk about me like that,” and went on to share, “publishing is actually the nicest industry I’ve ever experienced: it’s just full of intelligent ladies who love reading books.”

Talulah Riley Acts of Love in Daunt Books

Daunt Books hosting Talulah Riley's book launch for Acts of LoveWe continued to mingle and sought out the delicious canapés.Canapes for Talulah Riley's book launch - Acts of love in Daunt Books

Canapes for the Acts of Love book launch by Talulah Riley in Daunt Books

Acts of Love Talulah Riley Book launch canapes in Daunt Books

As we left, Talulah admired the window display the bookshop had put together and posed for a few cheeky snaps.

Talulah Riley admiring the Daunt Books display of her hot new release Acts of Love

Talulah Riley Acts of Love window display at Daunt Books

Acts of Love by Talulah Riley window display at Daunt BooksI’ve only read a few pages so far but I’m already hooked! Amazon have copies at less than half price or a kindle version for you e-book junkies!

Ok bye now, off to read…

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