So today I went to my favourite little place in the world, my local bookshop. (there may be a reason why I chose to move to this area...that is being only a 5 minute walk away from said bookshop)
I got an email from Sue at Linghams Bookshop a few weeks ago, inviting me to a book event where authors Lisa Owens and Hannah Kohler would be talking about their books. I jumped at the opportunity as I had heard about both of their books and couldn't wait to read them. Luckily, Sue at Linghams gave me a copy of Lisa's book to read before the book event.
So at the bookshop there where some tables reserved at the back in Toast and what I loved about this book signing was that there wasn't that many people there so it was a lot more intimate. I prefer small book events to overcrowded ones any day.
So Lisa and Hannah both did a reading from their book (after hearing Hannah reading from hers I wanted more, so excited to read this book) and then we just chatted and there was some questions and I really enjoyed myself. Both of these books are very different from each other. I read Not Working and finished last night and I laughed all the way through. It is about a girl who basically doesn't know what to do with her life and it was just fantastic.
The Outside Lands is completely different. From what I was told about it, it is a real tear-jerker and I cannot wait to get stuck in!
NOT WORKING - Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation - only to realize she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her own fell apart. 'It's fine,' her grandmother says. 'I remember what being your age was like - of course, I had four children under eight then, but modern life is different, you've got an awful lot on.' Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.
THE OUTSIDE LANDS - Masterly ...gloriously well-written and deeply imagined' Jim Crace Jeannie is nineteen when the world changes, Kip only fourteen. The sudden accident that robs them of their mother leaves them adrift, with only their father to guide them. Jeannie seeks escape in work and later marriage to a man whose social connections propel her into an unfamiliar world of wealth and politics. Ill-equipped and unprepared, Jeannie finds comfort where she can. Meanwhile Kip's descent into a life of petty crime is halted only when he volunteers for the Marines. By 1968, the conflict in Vietnam is at its height, and with the anti-war movement raging at home, Jeannie and Kip are swept along by events larger than themselves, driven by disillusionment to commit unforgiveable acts of betrayal that will leave permanent scars. The Outside Lands is the story of people caught in the slipstream of history, how we struggle in the face of loss to build our world, and how easily and with sudden violence it can be swept away. With extraordinary skill and accuracy, Hannah Kohler takes us from 1960s California to Vietnam, capturing what it means to live through historic times.This powerful debut novel announces Kohler as a remarkable new literary talent.
Thank you to Linghams for inviting me to this wonderful event and if you're ever in the Heswall area then I suggest popping into this wonderful bookshop!