We will be reading Show Stealer
, Hayley's new novel. She will be joining us to discuss the book, answer any questions you have and sign copies.
Ben and Hoshiko have escaped the clutches of evil ringmaster, Silvio Sabatini and Ben's cruel and power-hungry mother, Vivian Baines. Accompanied by Greta, Bojo the monkey and Jack -the undercover resistance agent who broke them out of the circus- they have been on the run for nearly a year.
When the police finally catch up with them, Ben makes the ultimate sacrifice and is forced to return to the Cirque: reborn, re-imagined and bigger and more horrific than ever before. While Ben battles the perils of the Big Top, Hoshiko faces her own struggle for survival as she is forced to seek sanctuary in the squalor of the London slums.
As opening night approaches, Hoshiko uncovers secret plans for a terrorist attack on the Cirque. Can she race against time to return to the place of her nightmares and rescue the boy she loves?
Show Stealer continues to tackle racism and prejudice, as well as themes of poverty, family and resistance. Ben and Hoshiko are forced to consider if there's a difference between being a terrorist and fighting for freedom, and must both decide, once and for all, whose side they are really on.
This is a free event but spaces are limited so please book in advance.