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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Jane Harris

Gillespie and I
by Jane Harris




The Author

Jane Harris was born in Belfast and brought up in Glasgow. Her debut novel, The Observations - published in over twenty territories - was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and she was also shortlisted for the British Book Awards Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year and the South Bank Show Times Breakthrough Award. She lives in London with her husband Tom.

Praise for Jane Harris

'The Observations is an astonishing imaginative feat, brilliantly written in bravura, bawdy style ... what makes it such a thrilling read is Harris's lively language and sheer love of words.'
Jackie McGlone, Scotland on Sunday

The Plot

As she sits in her Bloomsbury home, elderly Harriet Baxter sets out to relate the story of her acquaintance, nearly four decades previously, with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who never achieved the fame that she maintains he deserved. Featuring a memorable cast of characters, infused with atmosphere and period detail, and shot through with wicked humour, Gillespie and I is a powerful and haunting second novel from one of today's most striking new voices.

Portrait photograph of author Julie Myerson

Then
by Julie Myerson




The Author

Julie Myerson is the author of seven other novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen and The Lost Child. She has also written three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

Praise for Julie Myerson

'Then is a bold, uncompromising book written with a deftness of touch that marks out Myerson as a truly interesting and risk-taking author'
Guardian

The Plot

Myerson plunges us straight into the first-person narration of a woman who has lost her memory and is living in an abandoned office building in post-apocalyptic London. It is unclear what has happened, who she is or whether to trust her state of mind - frequently, her version of events is challenged by a handful of other survivors. The narrator reveals herself to be a complex character, succumbing to outbursts of violence. She is also capable of great tenderness, nursing one of the teenagers through a horrific illness.

It becomes increasingly clear that the story is not just about the apocalypse in a conventional sense. It is also about a woman, who prior to the disaster was on the point of adultery, and her feelings for her husband. The central human narrative is strong and clear, proving that even in darkness there are points of light.

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