Salley will be signing copies of her books at the Waterstones bookstall after the talk. Salley's first novel, Miss Garnet's Angel
was a word of mouth success and is a favourite with readers groups. It is wonderful that this event is taking place during National Libraries Week as Salley's new book celebrates the power of libraries and librarians to change lives.
Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man but its her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbour's son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat. How does the library alter the young children's lives and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?
Salley Vickers is the author of many acclaimed novels including the bestselling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres and two short story collections, the latest The Boy Who Could See Death. She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a teacher of children with special needs, a university lecturer and a psychoanalyst. She now writes and lectures full time.