Join us for an evening in the company of Diane Setterfield as she talks about new novel Once Upon a River, a spellbinding, multi layered mystery set in the 19th Century.
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?
An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
We’re delighted to welcome Diane to Oswestry for our first fiction event of 2019!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Once Upon a River). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join one of Britain’s finest thriller writers as Gerald Seymour talks about his latest novel, Battle Sight Zero.
The Kalashnikov AK47. A weapon with a unique image. A symbol of freedom fighters and terrorists across the globe. Undercover officer Andy Knight has infiltrated an extremist group intent on bringing the rifle to Britain – something MI5 have been struggling for years to prevent.
He befriends Zeinab, the young Muslim student from Yorkshire who is at the centre of the plot. All Zeinab needs to do is travel to the impoverished high-rise estates of Marseilles and bring one rifle home on a test run. Then many more will follow – and with them would come killing on an horrendous scale.
Supremely suspenseful, Battle Sight Zero follows Andy and Zeinab to the lethal badlands of the French port city, simultaneously tracking the extraordinary life journey of the blood-soaked weapon they are destined to be handed there.
Gerald Seymour first exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY’S GAME. Many books later he’s still going strong! We’re delighted to welcome one of the iconic thriller writers to Oswestry.
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Battle Sight Zero). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Looking for your next page turner? Join Laura Shepherd-Robinson as she talks about Blood & Sugar, her debut historical crime thriller.
June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.
Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .
To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.
And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford . . .
Laura Shepherd-Robinson is a major new talent. With Blood & Sugar she has written a compelling and unsparing novel taking us into dark and desperate episodes from England’s history, the consequences of which are still with us today. We’re delighted to welcome her to Oswestry!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Blood and Sugar). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).