Doyenne of crime set to make a killing with new thriller series
Her psychological thrillers inhabit the very top of the genre and we’ve loved them for their brilliant plotting, elegant pacing and superb characterisation, so we’re delighted that Lucie Whitehouse’s first foray into police procedural fiction does not disappoint– it thrills from the get-go and we’re even more delighted that she will be in conversation with another bookshop favourite, bestselling crime writer Susie Steiner, here this Spring.
Join us on 24 April at 7.30 and investigate for yourself. Critical Incidents brims with pace, plot and setting but has the sort of believable and relatable characters that will make you glad that the book is only part one of a series and that you will not have to let disgraced copper Robin Lyons and her family go just yet.
To book your free place and what promises to be a fantastic evening with two writers at the top of their games email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 431 3770.
We’re delighted to invite you to delve into the life of Frieda von Richthofen, whose name might be unfamiliar until you discover Frieda, an extraordinary evocation of her life as wife and muse to DH Lawrence (and so much more) when novelist Annabel Abbs talks here on 2 May at 7.30pm
Born into German aristocracy and essentially a woman who refused to compromise on what she considered the essentials of a life well led: to be known, to be loved and to be beloved, she nonetheless initially marries a disappointing Englishman named Ernest Weekley and finds herself trapped…until she encounters the penniless but dazzling DHL and embarks on a tempestuous love affair. Their relationship unleashes a creative whirlwind for DHL, but at a huge cost to Frieda.
Meticulously researched, sumptuously written and impossible to stop reading, Frieda reveals a vivid portrait of a woman who was to become the muse for one of the most famous works of 20th century literature, but who yearned to be viewed as an artist in her own right. Frieda is a stunning debut and a must-must-read, so do join us!
Entry is free, but please book via email@example.com or 0207 431 3770
Meet Natalie Haynes, ‘The Mary Renault of her generation’ & discover A Thousand Ships
She’s been described as ‘the Mary Renault of her generation’ and and writer/Radio 4 regular Natalie Haynes lives up to the quote and then some with her vivid and remarkable retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of women in A Thousand Ships.
We’re delighted to invite you to meet this brilliant storyteller when Natalie visits on 20 May at 7.30 to talk about this, her third novel
Witty, dynamic and with Natalie’s huge knowledge of the classical world shining through, without for a second feeling research heavy, A Thousand Ships is a novel which fully demonstrates that millennia might pass but human relationships, politics and emotions are a constant in all their heroism and tragedy
Diary of A Somebody: the freshest, funniest book you’ll read this year
Timed to perfection because who couldn’t do with some extra joy and poetry in our hearts, Brian Bilston is about to light up our lives with Diary Of A Somebody, a funny, touching, suburban novel that sparkles with humanity, originality and, of course, poetry. So exciting, then, that this most enigmatic and engaging of characters will be visiting us to talk about Diary on 18 June at 7.30
The book opens at New Year with Bilston, the unofficial Poet Laureate of Twitter, resolving to write a poem for every day of the year in order to reboot his life. His wife has left him, his son doesn’t understand him and his work life is a sea of spreadsheets and worse.
Diary could be the freshest, funniest, most endearing book you read this year.
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