Two award winning authors, Kirsty Wark and Jess Kidd, reveal the inspirations behind their latest books over a delicious lunch. Perfect for women entertaining clients or friends and book groups to meet up.
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. Her original fictional voice has been highly praised; She was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in 2016. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Her second novel, The Hoarder, a tale of a lonely care worker and her cranky client set in West London, is currently being adapted for a 3-part series by the BBC and Scott Free. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.
Praise for Jess Kidd
Kidd has imagination to spare – Observer
A literary mystery set in Victorian London that captures our fascination with the curious and unusual, from the Costa Award-winner and author of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks Himself and The Hoarder
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.
The House by the Loch by Kirsty Wark
Kirsty Wark is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over the past thirty years, from the ground-breaking Late Show to the nightly current affairs show Newsnight and the weekly Arts and Cultural review and comment show, The Review Show. Kirsty has won several major awards for her work, including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter. Her debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, was published in March 2014 by Two Roads and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award, as well as nominated for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Her second novel, The House by the Loch, has been inspired by her childhood memories and family, particularly her father. Born in Dumfries and educated in Ayr, Scotland, Kirsty now lives in Glasgow.
Praise for Kirsty
A deeply satisfying work of pure imagination . . . sweeping and intimate Damian Barr, author of You Will Be Safe Here
From the bestselling author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, a novel of long-hidden family secrets that refuse to lie buried in the past . . .
Scotland, 1950s: Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can’t believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet their home on remote Loch Doon soon becomes a prison for Jean and neither a young family, nor Walter’s care, can seem to save her. Many years later, Walter is with his adult children and adored grandchildren on the shores of Loch Doon where the family has been holidaying for two generations. But the shadows of the past stretch over them and will turn all their lives upside down on one fateful weekend.
The House by the Loch is the story of a family in all its loving complexity, and the way it can, and must, remake itself endlessly in order to make peace with the past.
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