TUESDAY 14th NOVEMBER
Rick O’Shea, one of Ireland’s premier radio broadcasters, hosts an online bookclub that now boasts 10,000 members in Ireland, the UK and beyond. The first Rick O’Shea Book Club London get-together will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at The Barge House and hosted by friend, former colleague and debut novelist, Helen Cullen
Featuring the ever-popular blind book swap, attendees are invited to bring along a wrapped-up book to swap for a surprise of their own.
On the evening six wonderful authors will also be reading from their latest novels, answering questions and signing books. The superstar line-up on the night features Booker nominated and Orange Prize winner Michele Roberts, Sunday Times Bestseller Ali Land, Emma Flint, Joy Rhoades, Clare Fisher and Luiza Sauma.
Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House which won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in June 2007. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud- stories of sex and love (2010). Half-English and half-French, Michèle Roberts lives in London and in the Mayenne, France. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her latest novel, The Walworth Beauty, was released this year to further great critical acclaim.
Emma Flint grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, and has been writing fiction since she knew what stories were. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an MA in English Language and Literature, later completing a novel-writing course at the Faber Academy. She worked in Edinburgh for four years, and now lives in north London.Since childhood, she has been drawn to true crime stories, developing an encyclopaedic knowledge of real-life murder cases. She is equally fascinated by notorious historical figures and by unorthodox women – past, present and fictional.
All of these themes informed and inspired her debut novel, Little Deaths, a heady blend of sex, murder, obsession, noir and a femme fatale. Set in 1960s suburban New York, the novel re-tells a horrifying true story with a modern feminist slant.
After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Though a voracious reader from a young age and a keen observer of the world, it took Ali over thirty years to put pen to paper but she sure is glad she did! Ali’s debut novel Good Me Bad Me is an international bestseller and will be translated into twenty-three languages. She is now a full-time writer and lives in Notting Hill and is currently working on her second novel.
Clare Fisher was born in Tooting, south London in 1987. After accidentally getting obsessed with writing fiction when she should have been studying for a BA in History at the University of Oxford, Clare completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. An avid observer of the diverse area of south London in which she grew up, Clare’s writing is inspired by her long-standing interest in social exclusion and the particular ways in which it affects vulnerable women and girls. All The Good Things is her first novel.
Luiza Sauma was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in London. She worked at the Independent on Sunday for several years and has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award in 2014. She has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her debut novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is published by Viking in the UK and Scribner in North America.
Joy Rhoades is the debut author of historical fiction novel, The Woolgrower’s Companion, the best-selling fiction debut in Australia this year. Joy grew up in the Australian bush but then wandered around the world in a corporate job, always writing on the side. When she gave up her day-job in London to look after her kids, she ignored the ironing and finished the The Woolgrower’s Companion. She feels fortunate that she found a wonderful agent and then very keen publishers soon after that. Kathryn Stockett describes The Woolgrower’s Companion as magical. It is a firm book club favourite, and Joy’s often asked to visit book clubs, in person or via facetime/Skype. Joy lives in London with her French husband, but, much as she loves London, she misses the Australian sky. You can follow her thoughts on writing, London and coffee on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She’s currently at work on the sequel to The Woolgrower’s Companion.
Please do come along for loads of lovely book chat in this gorgeous riverside venue and don’t forget to bring your wrapped-up book to swap!
Tickets are free but admission is only guaranteed until reaches full capacity so please get there early to avoid disappointment!
Tuesday November 14th @ 7pm