Jessie Burton, bestselling author of the Waterstones Book of the Year winning The Miniaturist
and The Muse
, explores a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery that captures the transformative experience of growing up. Beautifully illustrated by Angela Barrett, The Restless Girls
is a dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world.
For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom. But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.
'A magical modern retelling of an old fairytale - the exquisite text and illustrations work in perfect harmony.' -Jacqueline Wilson.
Anna James will be chairing this event. Anna is an author, freelance writer and journalist. She previously worked as book news editor at The Bookseller magazine, and is currently the literary editor of ELLE UK, as well as a regular contributor to The Pool and Soho House. Her debut novel Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers is published this September: a captivating children's novel about the magic of books and the power of imagination.
Join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening.