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ARGUING WITH THE DEAD

Publication Day has arrived. My fifth title, ARGUING WITH THE DEAD, published by Fledgling Press, is available as from today, with a review coming soon as part of the Love Books Tour. There will be a book blog tour from the 5th to the 10th August when I’m lucky enough to have a guest post by some of the top bloggers who are passionate about books and reading, courtesy of Love Books.

ARGUING WITH THE DEAD is a historical novel about Mary Shelley, living alone in a cottage on the banks of the Thames, sorting through her husband Shelley’s (the poet) scattered papers, while a blizzard fills the air with its own paper-storm. We learn about the chaotic and sometimes destructive forces which shaped her, and what life was like for a woman of those times (early nineteenth century). Her mother might have been Mary Wollstonecraft, arguably the first feminist writer, but the world didn’t listen much then, as it doesn’t listen much now. It’s a book written by the sweat of my brow, but joking apart, I did pour a heart full of passion into it.

You can’t argue with the dead – but we do. And Mary does.

There will be a happy launch to follow, with food and wine and much chat, where friends will of course be invited, but it will be after the excitement of the Edinburgh International Book Festival is over (I don’t want them to cramp my style…) x

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

Delighted to be acting as chair to some exciting events this year at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Barroux and Michael Morpurgo on 26th August, A.L.Kennedy on 18th and Holly Bourne and Cat Clarke on 16th are three separate events I shall be chairing in and around Charlotte Square. Do grab a ticket to listen to these highly-acclaimed authors talk about their books and their experiences.

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