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‘Disturbance’ by Marianne Kavanagh

‘Disturbance’ is a new book from local author, Marianne Kavanaugh, which is published in hardback this week. Sara lives with her husband Mike, a successful entrepreneur, and their two sons in the Old Rectory, a large house hidden behind tall hedges in a small village. Mike, perceived by his friends to be the doting father and loving husband, is currently working at home and is becoming increasingly angry and irritable. Sara feels isolated and lonely. When eighteen-year-old Katie, a student living in the village, rings the doorbell and offers to walkSara’s dog, a new friendship develops. Katie is young and full of energy, the perfect antidote to Sara’sbullying husband. Katie encourages her to get out and about and meet the neighbours. When a shocking accident happens in the house, and Mike’s sister arrives from Australia and begins asking awkward questions, disturbing truths emerge. Nothing is quite what it seems. Innocence and guilt are not clear cut. This is a novel about the secrets within a marriage and relationships under so much pressure they crack. It’s …

What’s on at Dulwich Books this March

Wednesday 27th March 2019 John Lanchester on The Wall, with Razia Iqbal John Lanchester writes with such clarity and effectiveness that his prose is a pleasure I always look forward to. His previous novels have all been memorable evocations of the world we’re familiar with, but The Wall is something new: almost an allegory, almost a dystopian-future warning, partly an elegant study of the nature of storytelling itself. I was hugely impressed by it. Philip Pullman Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he has only two years of this: 729 more nights… The Wall is the long-awaited new novel from John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital.A thrilling and hypnotic work of fiction, it is a mystery story, a love story, a war story and a story about a voyage. The Wall is a novel about why the young are right to distrust the old. It’s about a broken world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost. Don’t miss the …

Village Books – March Events

Village Books is located in the heart of lovely leafy Dulwich Village. They are a small but beautifully stocked award-winning independent bookshop with a terrific range of books to suit all the family. They also hold author events every month and have events with Michael Palin, Graham Norton, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Dan Snow, Yotam Ottolenghi, Adam Kay, Evan Davis, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Harris, Gail Honeyman and many more. Here’s what’s on in March… An Evening of Storytelling, Family Secrets and the Bonds that Ties us Together   Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with three novelists whose books have been bestsellers and whose works have been gathering praise from famous names. Ruth Hogan’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and has sold over 800,000 copies since publication. Hannah Beckerman’s novel If Only I Could Tell You is a life affirming novel with a secret that will break your heart and an ending that will put it together again.  Harriet Evans’ latest novel, The Wildflowers, was a Richard and Judy …

An Homage to Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott

Join bestselling author Ben Schott as he discusses his new novel based on the work of P G Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs.  ‘vibrates with the spirit and rhythms of Wodehouse’s heart.’ – Sunday Times  ‘A delight to read’ – Observer Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty’s Government must turn to the one man who can help… Bertie Wooster. In this magnificent new homage to P. G. Wodehouse, Ben Schott leads Jeeves and Wooster on an uproarious adventure of espionage through the secret corridors of Whitehall, the sunlit lawns of Brinkley Court, and the private clubs of St James’s, complete with an unforgettable cast of characters – old and new. Fully approved by the Wodehouse Estate, Jeeves and the King of Clubsis faithful to the history and personality of Wodehouse’s characters – but casts them in new roles and era, with hilarious results. Ben …

Carry On Europe: Jonathan Coe and Robert Menasse at Dulwich Books

Dulwich Books are delighted to pair two award-winning authors that take an acerbic view of current political travails. Jonathan Coe’s Middle England is a state-of-the-nation novel beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and in London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever. It follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. The Capital by Robert Menasse, expertly translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch, is at once a sharp satire, a crime story, a comedy of manners and a philosophical essay. Billed as the major European novel, and published on the eve of Brexit, at its heart is a powerful pro-European message: no-one should forget the circumstances that gave rise to the European project in the first place. As Ezra Pound said: “Literature is news that stays news”. Join us and see how these two works of fiction cast more light on our current times than any work of journalism. The event will be chaired by the Literary …