Monthly Archives: April 2014

Readers Group evening

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For May we have not just one but two exciting authors visiting us for an event.
Susan Elliot Wright and Sarah Stovell are visiting Pontefract Readers Group on Monday 12th May, 7 – 9pm. The evening will be held at Pontefract Library and if you would like to come along, please email the library on 01977 727692 to reserve a place.

The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright opens in 1964, when Maggie wakes and finds herself in a mental asylum with no idea of who she is or how she got there. Gradually she remembers…In the present, Jonathan is awaiting the birth of his first child. As the interwowen stories unwind, both make shocking discoveries about their lives. The book has gained a lot of positive reviews and Susan’s next book, The Secrets We Left behind, is out on 8th May.

Sarah Stovell’s book The Night Flower begins in the slums of 19th century Newcastle. A young gypsy girl is arrested for burglary and transported to Tasmania, where a fronter town is being built by convicts. On the journey, she meets Rose, a woman from a privileged background fallen on hard times. As the narrative weaves between the events leading to their arrests and their current situation we discover that, with one of them, not all is as it seems.

That’s my Easter reading sorted. Do join us on 12th May to meet Susan and Sarah and enjoy an evening with the Readers Group.

Desmond Elliott Prize

Dynamite Idiopathy Marraige

Meeting Shock Spinning

The longlist for the Desmond Elliott prize has been announced. This is for first time novelists and rewards the best debut novel published in the UK. Pictured are Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, Idiopathy by Sam Byers, Meeting the English by Kate Clancy, Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt, Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera. Also nominated are Letter Bearer by Robert Allison, Sedition by Katherine Grant,and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride.
Do you like to try new authors? It can be hard for first time writers to attract an audience as readers often prefer to stay with familar names. To help you decide, the Telegraph have published a list of their reviews. Will you be trying any of the books?

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