Laura's The Silent Companions
has attracted widespread praise and has been part of the Radio 2 Book Club. The Corset
has a Victorian setting too.
Teenage seamstress Ruth is in prison awaiting trial for murder and claims that her crimes are the result of a supernatural power in her stitches. She is visited by the rich Dorothea, who is using her charitable work to pursue a fascination with phrenology, the theory that the shape of a person's skull can indicate their criminal inclination. The story that Ruth has to tell of her deadly creations - of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses - will shake Dorothea's belief in rationality and the power of redemption. Can what Ruth says be trusted? Is she just mad or is she indeed a murderer?
Elizabeth Haynes says, 'an intriguing premise deftly executed, The Corset is genuinely thrilling'.
Tickets are just £2 including complimentary wine and nibbles. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.