About the event

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Blackwell’s Manchester are incredibly proud to announce an evening showcasing three exciting new authors from independent publishers.

Glen James Brown – Ironopolis (Parthian)

Ironopolis is a warren of streets, memories and people with secrets… Glen James Brown orchestrates a remarkable novel across these streets as Ironopolis tells its own story across three generations: Jean unveils a secret on her deathbed … Alan unravels the truth of his father, who has haunted the Burn Council Estate for a lifetime … Corina is trying to get through one last day at the hairdressers before closing it for good. And then there is the ageless Peg Powler, part myth, part reality and her reason for stalking them all.

Amy Arnold – Slip of a Fish (And Other Stories)

Ash collects words, climbs trees and practises holding her breath underwater with her beloved seven-year-old, Charlie. Bemused by everyday life, she has a rich and singular interior world. Over the course of a relentlessly hot summer, Charlie begins to pull away, and in a desperate attempt to reconnect with her daughter Ash does something unforgivable. As the gulf between them grows, Ash’s life begins to slip out of her hold.

Winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Slip of a Fish is a joyously artful and quietly devastating portrait of motherhood, loss and love, in all its kaleidoscopic complexity.

S.K. Perry – Let Me Be Like Water (Melville House)

Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway… what is supposed to happen next? The solitude she had so craved leaves her feeling wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again.

A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.

The authors will be reading from their work and talking to our guest host Valerie O’Riordan.

Tickets are £3.00 and include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. There will also be £s off all three books.


Category: Talks & Readings
Price: £3
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