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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Karen Campbell

After the Fire
by Karen Campbell

The Author

Karen Campbell was born and brought up in Glasgow. She went to Glasgow University and joined Strathclyde Police in 1987, specialising in women's safety before joining CID.

After a career break to have her two children, Karen completed Glasgow University's Creative Writing programme and in 2003, was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer's Bursary. Her debut novel, The Twilight Time, was published in 2008 to great acclaim and she was recently named Best New Writer at the inaugural Real Radio Scottish Variety Awards. After the Fire is her second book.

Praise for After the Fire

'The plot is wonderful, the characterisation of a family in crisis is both sharp and sympathetic, and the author does not shy away from examining the less palatable aspects of relations between the police and the public.'
The Guardian

The Plot

Newly qualified as a firearms officer, Jamie Worth is called to a domestic disturbance. Events get out of hand, and he shoots and kills a teenaged girl, who appears to have been unarmed. Already wracked with guilt, he is horrified when, with the media baying for blood, he is accused of murder. How can a cop survive in prison, when he suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law? And how can his wife Cath and ex-lover Anna come to terms with what has happened? After the Fire is a chilling glimpse of the flipside of life as a law enforcer, written in 'stiletto-sharp prose' (The Herald) by one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

Portrait photograph of author Helen Walsh

Once Upon a Time in England
by Helen Walsh

The Author

Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1977. As a young teenager, she became swept up in the early 90s acid house and ecstasy euphoria and by 17, she was working as a pick pocket in Barcelona. Her first novel, Brass (published in 2004), pulled no punches telling the story of 19-year-old Millie, a middle-class girl, obsessed by Liverpool's seedy underbelly, powder and whisky. Helen's cathartic outpouring won her the Betty Trask debut writers prize. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England was one of our favourite novels of 2009. Helen plunges us into the lives and loves of the young, doomed Fitzgerald family and shows herself to be a brilliant chronicler of our people and our times. And in the Fitzgeralds, she has created a family who will stay in your heart, long after the final page.

Praise for Once Upon a Time in England

'The kind of book whose events you find yourself repeating to friends.'
The Guardian

The Plot

On the coldest night of 1975, a young man with shock-red hair tears though the snowbound streets of Warrington's toughest housing estate. He is Robbie Fitzgerald, and he is running for his life - and that of his young family.

In his heart, Robbie knows the odds are stacked against them. In this unbending Northern town, he has married the beautiful brown nurse who once stitched up his wounds. Susheela is his Tamil Princess, but in the real world, the Fitzgeralds have to face up to racism and poverty. Robbie has seen a way out, and he's sprinting to his date with destiny...

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