Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice?
In The Surface Breaks, Louise O'Neill revisits Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale through a searing feminist lens. Written with the perceptive, political, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of fans, the book is a rallying cry: full of rage, The Surface Breaks is a parable for our times.
This event will be chaired by Emma Gannon. Emma is an author and broadcaster based in London. She is the former social media editor of British Glamour, an award-winning blogger, digital lecturer at Conde Nast College and has been published everywhere from the Telegraph to Teen Vogue. She was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list in the media and marketing category. Her first book Ctrl Alt Delete came out in 2016 with Ebury, which later turned into the WEBBY Award nominated podcast CTRL, ALT, DELETE where she discusses work, social media and careers with guests such as Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert and Ava Duvernay. Her second book The Multi Hyphen Method: Work Less, Create More Design A Career That Works For You comes out with Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018.
Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening, as well as an opportunity to get your copy of The Surface Breaks ahead of its official publication.