Waterstones Islington is delighted to announce the return of our event series The Book That Inspired Me, where writers talk about the books that are most important to them.
Join us in welcoming acclaimed novelist Claire Fuller, to Waterstones Islington to speak about her newest book, the novel Swimming Lessons, and one of the books that has inspired her work, Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Claire Fuller is the author of the novel Our Endless Numbered Days; her latest, Swimming Lessons has been described as a deeply moving read by Oprah.
Gil Coleman looked down from the window and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below. Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?
Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the deliciously dark and funny story of Merricat, tomboy teenager, beloved sister - and possible lunatic. Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone.
Claire will be joined by Rachel Malik, author of Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves. One day in 1940 Rene Hargreaves walks out on her family and the city to take a position as a Land Girl at the remote Starlight farm. There she will live with and help lonely farmer Elsie Boston.At first Elsie and Rene are unsure of one another - strangers from different worlds. But over time they each come to depend on the other.
Both Claire and Rachel will be available to sign their books after the talk. Refreshments will be provided.