Join us on August 30th for prosecco, canapés and literary merriment as our compere, literary critic and Bitch Lit co-host Lucy Scholes, introduces three exciting new novelists making their debuts: Daisy Johnson (Everything Under
), Caoilinn Hughes (Orchid the Wasp
) and May Lan-Tan (Things to Make and Break
Drinks and canapés from 6.30pm. Panel discussion begins at 7pm. All tickets include prosecco and canapés. Buy online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.
About the Books: Daisy Johnson's Man Booker 2018 longlisted debut novel, Everything Under, turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung. Lauren Groff has called Daisy Johnson 'a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction'; meanwhile Irenosen Okojie has described Everything Under as 'a concoction of folklore, identity and belonging which sinks its fangs into the heart of you'.
Things to Make and Break was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and has been praised by the TLS as 'dazzling' and by the Guardian as 'excellent... plenty of darkness and a sprinkling of magic'. Shadows, doubles, and the ghosts of past and future lovers haunt these elegantly structured and often hallucinatory stories. The language is hypnotic, deadpan, intense; the sentences jewel-hard and sublime. Things to Make and Break is the work of a stylish, exuberant new voice in modern fiction.
Written in heart-stoppingly vivid prose, Caoilinn Hughes debut novel Orchid The Wasp chews through sexuality, class and contemporary politics with joyful fury, introducing its readers to spiky and passionate heroine Gael Foess. Orchid the Wasp has attracted rapturous praise, from A. L. Kennedy who calls it 'a startling debut full of the moral complexity, grief and strange bewilderments of humanity' to Anthony Doerr who lauds it as 'a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity'.