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June 7th 2012
Grand Central Hotel, Gordon Street, Glasgow
12pm to 3pm

Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Sara Sheridan

Brighton Belle
by Sara Sheridan

The Author

Sara Sheridan writes fiction for adults and children. Her previous novels include Truth or Dare (1998), Ma Polinski's Pockets (2000) and The Pleasure Express (2001), all by Random House. The Secret Mandarin (2009) and The Secret of Sands (2011) were published by Harper Collins. She has been included in GQ Magazine's Young Talent and Company Magazine's Top Ten Young Writers Under Thirty. In 2000 Truth or Dare won a place in the 100 Best Scottish Books, as part of the Scottish Library Award. She has been awarded two bursaries by the Scottish Arts Council and from the K. Blundell Trust. Sara lives in Edinburgh.

Praise for Sara Sheridan

'In a genre where we usually find polemic, melodrama or worthy-but-predictable tragedy, Sheridan has written a proper, character-driven novel instead ...... so well written you never notice the writing.'
Glasgow Herald

'Poignant, exhilarating, fun.'
Time Out

The Plot

1951. Brighton. With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice at Nuremberg, Mirabelle Bevan (retired Secret Service) thinks her skills are no longer required. After the death of her lover she moves to the seaside to put the past behind her and takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by the charismatic Big Ben McGuigan. But when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital. With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor, Vesta Churchill, Mirabelle follows a mysterious trail of gold sovereigns, betting scams and corpses to a dark corner of Austerity Britain where the forces of evil remain alive and well.

Portrait photograph of author Martin Spinelli

After the Crash
by Martin Spinelli

The Author

Martin Spinelli is a senior lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. He has authored dozens of essays in anthologies and journals such as Postmodern Culture, Convergence and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. His innovative radio features and his series LINEbreak and Radio Radio have been heard on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 as well as on stations around the world.

Praise for Martin Spinelli

'This is much more than a moving personal story. It's a handbook for dealing with disaster, not just surviving it but mastering it and using it to transform your life for the better'
The Vine Agency

The Plot

On a clear, bright September morning, Sasha Spinelli drops her husband off at the station, and sets off to take her young son to nursery. A lorry driver, asleep at the wheel, ploughs into her Nissan Micra and throws it spinning into the air. Sasha is killed instantly and Lio suffers multiple injuries. The book charts Lio's recovery and tells how this incredibly strong and tenacious four year old pulls himself back from the edge of death and the loss of his mother to create for himself not just a 'normal' childhood but an exceptional one.

It follows Martin's own battles against negative expectations, entrenched bureaucracies and profound grief, all in an effort to heal his little boy. Throughout, Martin, with the memory of Sasha's love, stays strong, positive and cares for his son. After the Crash is an inspiring read for those who have ever lost a loved one, and something of a guide on how to cope with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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