Two award winning authors, Louise Doughty and Amanda Mason, reveal the inspirations behind their latest books over a delicious lunch. Perfect for women entertaining clients or friends and book groups to meet up.
Platform Seven by Louise Doughty
Platform Seven is Louise Doughty’s ninth novel. Her Top Ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard sold over half a million copies in the UK alone and was adapted for BBC One as a four-part series starring Emily Watson. Her most recent book was Black Water, which was published to critical acclaim in 2016 and it was nominated as one of the New
York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has been nominated for the Orange Prize for fiction and the Costa Novel award and her work has been translated into thirty languages. She lives in London.
Praise for Louise Doughty
‘Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build the suspense to breaking point.’ The Times
Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he’s alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic – he’s as far away from the night staff as he can get.
But he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge.
Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely they’re connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die…
The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason
Amanda Mason was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorks. She studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, where she began writing by devising and directing plays. After a few years of earning a very irregular living in lots of odd jobs, including performing in a comedy street magic act, she became a teacher and has worked in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany. She now lives in York and has given up teaching for writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. The Wayward Girls, her debut novel, was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers prize.
Praise for Amanda Mason
‘Extraordinary. Terrifying but also extremely moving. Amanda Mason is the master of suspense.’ Deborah O’Connor author of The Dangerous Kind
It is 1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurrences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .
Over four decades later, Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?.
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