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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Elaine C Smith

Nothing Like a Dame
by Elaine C Smith

The Author

When Elaine C Smith first started out in television she was told 'Look, women just aren't funny.' Yet, in a male dominated working class Scotland, where women were supposed to shut up and stay thin, she proceeded to forge a stellar career in show business. She became a household name thanks to her portrayal of Mary Doll, the long-suffering wife in the award winning BBC comedy Rab C Nesbitt. She was the first woman to consistently headline pantomimes in Scotland and went on to host her own TV series and to appear in Calendar Girls on the West End stage.

Praise for Elaine C Smith

'The spellbinding, bittersweet story of how a working-class lass from Lanarkshire became a national treasure'
Daily Record

The Plot

In Nothing Like a Dame the indomitable Elaine C Smith takes us on her 50 year journey from being the lippy wee lassie from a Lanarkshire mining village, to a national treasure and a celebrated performer. An actress with a successful career in television and on the West End, Elaine has always fought for her beliefs - whether that is women's rights, civil rights in South America or independence for Scotland. This is her heart-warming memoir - candid, moving, outspoken and hilarious.

Portrait photograph of author Sarah Hall

How to Paint a Dead Man
by Sarah Hall

The Author

Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She took an M Litt in Creative Writing at St Andrew's University and stayed on for a year afterwards to teach on the undergraduate Creative Writing programme. Her first novel, Haweswater won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize.

Praise for Sarah Hall

'This deeply sensual novel is what you rarely find - an intelligent page-turner which, perversely, you also want to read slowly to savour Hall's luscious way of looking at the world.'
Sunday Telegraph

The Plot

How to Paint a Dead Man covers half a century and centers around three main characters in three separate locations: An Italian painter at the end of his life, a famous landscape painter living in Cumbria, and his daughter, an art gallery curator who is struggling with the loss of her twin brother while organizing an important art exhibition in London. This luminous and searching novel is Hall's most accomplished work to date.

Author photo © Sandi Friend

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