13th June 201912:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London
Stacey Halls and Lisa Jewell
Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at the Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also worked as a journalist for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine. The Familiars is her first novel.
A wonderful novel, enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style Kate Williams
Lancashire 1612. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.
When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.
When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?
As the two women’s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.
Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. Her debut novel, Ralph’s Party, was an instant Sunday Times bestseller, and more recently her books have become #1 bestsellers in Canada and the UK. In total, her novels have sold over two million copies across the English speaking world. Her work has also been translated into sixteen languages. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.
A finely drawn domestic thriller – India Knight, The Sunday Times
Back home after four years working abroad with her new husband in tow, Lisa Jewell’s protagonist meets the man next door.
He’s the head teacher at the local school; twice her age and extraordinarily attractive. She finds herself watching him. All the time. But she never dreamed that her innocent crush might become a deadly obsession. Or that someone is watching her.
Family secrets, illicit passion and an unexplained murder? It can only be the gripping new novel from Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.
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Wonderful event – it was an absolute tonic being in the company of the author and listening to her read her own work. Thank you! Will be recommending your lunches!
Alexandra Lavery, TFL