22nd November 201912:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London
Karen Campbell and Anna Hope
Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University’s renowned Creative Writing Masters. She is the author of six novels including This is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, and has been optioned for TV. Her other titles include The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, and Proof of Life.
A former police officer and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.
‘A beautifully written novel about freedom and forgiveness … Heated, political and lyrical, this is an excellent, topical novel’ Red, for Rise
It is September 1943 and at the heart of a festa in the hilltop Tuscan town of Barga, seventeen-year-old Scottish-Italian Vita is dancing. Her future seems simple: either she will marry her cousin Joe, or she will become a teacher. Yet when the German and Italian fascist occupation of Barga is challenged by the arrival of the 370th Infantry from the US Army, loyalties are tested and families torn apart.
Frank Chapel is a young, black Buffalo soldier unlike anyone Vita has ever met before. They fall for each other almost instantly, but can their love defy the times and troubles that have brought them together?
The Sound of the Hours is an all-consuming tale of romance and loss. It is at once an intimate and tender portrait of first love and a sweeping evocation of an extraordinary, devastating moment in history.
Anna Hope studied at Oxford University and RADA. Her powerful first novel, Wake, sold in a seven-way auction and has now been sold in 17 foreign territories. Her second, The Ballroom, was published in January 2016 and was selected for Richard and Judy’s Autumn promotion and won the Elle Readers’ Grand Prix des in 2018. Anna lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.
It’s exceptional – so gorgeously written and reads like a love letter to London. I highly recommend it.’ Stacey Halls, Sunday Times Bestselling author of The Familiars
Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable.
Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.
Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life? Expectation is a novel of the highs and lows of friendship – how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place – full of dreams, desires and pain – in which we all live our lives.
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