Bestselling Renee Knight & hot newcomer Harriet Tyce detained for questioning
What could possibly be better than one brilliant novelist? Why, two of course!
We have a truly hot double date for you 7.30 Feb 19th when Renee Knight, local bestselling author of the brilliant Disclaimer, returns to talk to us about her latest novel, The Secretary, and she’ll also be in conversation with Harriet Tyce whose debut, Blood Orange, has had bloggers and reviewers in a frenzy of lavished praise.
Both books are beautifully written, exquisitely plotted literary thrillers of the highest order. The Secretary is set in the world of corporate life and looks at what happens devotion tips into dangerous obsession while Blood Orange is a legal-meets-domestic-noir pivotting around the chaotic life of a heavily drinking lawyer whose personal and professional worlds collide.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear two super-smart writers give us more than a few clues about the who/what and why of contemporary crime writing.
Entry is free, but please book your place : email@example.com or 0207 431 3770, or, of course, pop into the shop
Charles Harris talks about how his work screenwriting informed his short story collection
Local best-selling polymath: author, award-winning writer director and martial artist Charles Harris will be talking about his career, which has taken him from Hampstead to Hollywood and all points in between, the differences between writing novels and films, working with stars, his noir thriller novel about local and tabloid news The Breaking of Liam Glass, and his new collection of short stories The Cupboard when he visits on Feb 25 at 7.30
Harris’ debut novel, North London-set and highly acclaimed, The Breaking of Liam Glass, is a dark thriller about the dangers of fake news. His new short story collection, The Cupboard, takes him into uncharted waters, with seven unusual stories of love and mystery that verge on magic realism, plus a bonus noir SF novella The Procedure.
Harris started his colourful career as a writer-director for cinema, BBC and Channel 4, winning international awards for his films. He has also directed plays at Hampstead’s Pentameters Theatre, worked as a freelance journalist and written best-selling books on screenwriting. He lives in Hampstead and is a 6th Dan in Aikido, running his own martial arts club in Kilburn.
He will be talking about how he writes, as well as his different careers which have included working with stars from James Stewart to Alexei Sayle, falling down a mountain in the Caribbean and teaching martial arts to police and criminals.
Entry is free and if you’d like to join us, just email or call to reserve your place (firstname.lastname@example.org/0207 431 3770)
Lissa Evans talks about her heavenly, Hampstead-set bestselling novel
We are never knowingly under-hyperbolised and we have loved, adored and evangelised Lissa Evans‘ warm, wise and witty novel Old Baggage since first reading it in hardback.
But now, not only is it in paperback, it’s finally achieved its rightful status as a Number 1 bestseller, so we are delighted to welcome Lissa back to the shop to read from and answer questions about her book on March 11 at 7.30
Set in Hampstead in 1928, Old Baggage follows the fortunes of Mattie, former Suffragette and jolly good egg, in search of a new project to get her teeth into. Full of charm, period detail and wit, Lissa’s unfailing ear for dialogue, polishes this into a jewel of a novel with a true diamond heroine at its heart.
Email, phone or pop in to reserve your free place. As you’ll have gathered, we can’t recommend Old Baggage or its author, highly enough