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Rise – Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell has appeared at Gliterary Lunches as a writer and regularly as a Chair. She is a graduate of Glasgow University’s renowned Creative Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen won the Best new Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.
Praise for Karen Campbell
‘This was the best novel I read on holiday … A brilliant story, beautifully told by Campbell’
‘The writing is bold, gritty and fearless’
The Sunday Times
Justine is running for her life. Escaping a city and a man who have almost broken her, she heads north to the Highlands, looking for somewhere to hide.
Michael and Hannah are also running. With their two sons and their tattered marriage they have come to the village of Kilmacarra to find somewhere they can once again call home.
In an ancient landscape, in a country on the brink of change, a shocking accident causes their lives to intertwine. Tangled together in threads of guilt and love, with Scotland rushing towards a referendum and the community around them fracturing, each must question where they truly belong.
And, as the ground beneath their feet begins to give up its secrets, and the darkness Justine fled grows close, each must also find a way to face their ghosts.
The Widow’s Confession – Sophia Tobin
Inspired by her work as a Bond Street antiques dealer specialising in silver and jewellery for six years, Tobin began to write the highly acclaimed The Silversmith’s Wife. This debut novel was shortlisted for the highly Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. Sophia lives in London with her husband and the Widow’s Confession is her second novel.
Praise for Sophia Tobin
‘A novel that depends as much on its depiction of character as its evocation of place and time as on the unravelling of a mystery’
The Sunday Times
Broadstairs, Kent, 1850. Part sea-bathing resort, part fishing village, this is a place where people come to take the air, and where they come to hide…
Delphine and her sister Julia have come to the seaside with a secret, one they have been running from for years.
The clean air and quiet outlook of Broadstairs appeal to them and they hop this might be a place they can hide from the darkness for just a little longer. But town has its own secrets, and a dark past. And when the body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach, a mysterious message scrawled on the sand beneath her, the past returns to haunt the town. They cannot escape what happened here years before and a compelling story of secrets, lies and lost innocence unfolds.
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