Thursday 16th May // 6:30pm // £3
Crime fiction fans, rejoice! We’ve got a fabulous upcoming event with two brilliant crime authors! Join us in welcoming the marvellous Maggie Gee OBE, author of Blood, a black-comedy thriller set in Thanet! Maggie has written thirteen acclaimed novels, including The Ice People, My Cleaner, My Driver and The White Family, a collection of short stories, The Blue, and a memoir of her life as a writer, My Animal Life (2010). She has judged many prizes, including the Booker, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Impac award. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.
Blood is her most recent novel, which has been hailed as ‘an astonishing book. Funny and fierce, written with style and dash, without fear,’ by Hilary Mantel. When a corrupt, brutal dentist, Albert Ludd, is found battered and bloody after failing to attend a memorial party for his youngest son, suspicion falls on the dentist’s other children. Especially on Dad’s middle daughter, 37-year-old buxom bruiser Monica Ludd, who was heard ‘uttering threats’ against her absent father. How come her car is found outside Dad’s house? Why did she buy a large axe? And yet, Monica’s a deputy head teacher… Blood is a Gothic black comedy seen through the eyes of six-foot Monica, who cannot help speaking her secret thoughts aloud. Set in an angry, anarchic, Brexit-ing Britain where terrorism has become routine, Blood also asks serious questions about modern life: what can we do with the brutal men who bully women and the weak? Can we wait for a world of order and justice? If we hit back, can the circle of violence ever be broken?
Maggie will be discussing her novel with our very own local crime author, Vicky Newham, whose second book in her DI Maya Rahman series, Out of the Ashes, is due to be released this coming May. Both authors will be available to sign books afterwards too! Tickets are £3 and can be reserved or purchased directly in store, or by calling us (01227 264011). We do advise you book your ticket in advance as we are a small venue, and this way you’re guaranteed a seat! As always, we’ll be serving prosecco too.