27th April 201712:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Chris Cleave & Michèle Roberts
Chris Cleave’s debut novel INCENDIARY was a prize-winner and international bestseller and his second novel, THE OTHER HAND has found phenomenal success both in the UK and abroad, hitting number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He is married with three children, and lives in Surrey.
An addictive, propulsive read…Cleave writes with an engaging intensity, a determination to tackle big moral issues, and a willingness to take risks. The Sunday Times
When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the war office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss – until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists and the conflict can no longer be avoided.
Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvellous spy. When she is – bewilderingly- made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Against the grand theatre of world events, three lives become entangled in violence, passion, friendship and deception.
Michèle Roberts is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House, which won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her most recent novel Ignorance was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2013 and her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud-Stories of Sex and Love.
Her fictions are high-risk, unconventional … The otherwise cautious reader is taken almost without realising it into dangerous and exhilarating territory. Rachel Cusk
2011: When Madeleine loses her job, she decides to leave her riverside flat in the heart of the City and move to Apricot Place.
1851: Joseph Benson, a family man with mouths to feed, has been employed by Henry Mayhew to research his articles on the working classes, coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, tempted by the brothels’ promises of pleasure, he struggles with his assignment – and seeks help in Apricot Place, where the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer resides. As these two stories unfold, they begin to entwine, and the ghosts of the city’s past erupt in the present; this is Michèle Roberts at her intoxicating best.
Photo Credit: Viv Pegram
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