The main talk of the night, though, was that Victoria Barnsley was stepping down as head of Harper Collins after 13 years - a sad occasion marked by several fittingly glowing and emotional tributes.
It was great to catch up with faces old (Carrie Duffy, Anna-Lou Weatherly, Alex Brown, Juliet Mushens and the lovely HC girls who make everything happen behind the scenes), and new (rock biographer Chris Salewicz, with his fantastic repertoire of scandalous anecdotes, and witty, elegant historian Alexandra Richie; we kept each other highly amused for quite some time).
After a quite a bit of unsubtle celeb-spotting, I bumped into food critic Jay Rayner in the unisex loos; he seemed sadly unimpressed by my assertion that we had something in common as we both used to write about food for Arena magazine. That'll teach me for trying to chat to people who've been on the telly!
Many thanks to everyone at Harper Collins for another sensational bash!