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Interview with Bestselling Author Joanna Trollope

Number one bestselling author Joanna Trollope tells us about her new novel City of Friends, which is out in paperback now.   Tell us about your new novel, City of Friends. City of Friends is both contemporary and topical. It’s a novel about women, women in the workplace and it’s about friendship and family. I wanted to write a story that looked at all aspects of women’s personal and professional lives. The novel hinges on the friendship between four protagonists, Stacey, Melissa, Gaby and Beth. Four university friends, all working in different aspects of the finance industry, all in their late forties and all in very different personal situations. Through these characters, I look at marriage with children and marriage without children. I look at single parenthood, I look at being gay and the relationships attached to being gay in the modern world, I look at women fighting to succeed in a very crowded and male-dominated industry. In fact I’m trying to look at every aspect of what it means to be a woman and a …

In Strangers’ Houses – debut crime for the post-Brexit generation

Local author, Elizabeth Mundy, will be signing copies of her debut crime novel at Kirkdale Book Shop, 272 Kirkdale, London SE26 4RS, at 3pm on Saturday 10th March. When you clean strangers’ houses you learn their dirty secrets… Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, knows all too well about cleaning up other people’s messes. When her friend Timea disappears, she suspects one of her clients is to blame. The police don’t share her suspicions and it is left to Lena to turn sleuth and find her friend. Searching through their houses as she scrubs their floors, Lena desperately tries to find out what has happened. But only Cartwright, a police constable new to the job, believes that this will lead to the truth. Together they uncover more of Islington’s seedy underbelly than they bargained for. But Lena soon discovers it’s not just her clients who have secrets. And as she begins to unravel Timea’s past, exposing long hidden truths, she starts to wonder if she really knew her friend at all. ‘A warmly crafted crime debut, perfect for our multicultural age. Lena’s strong …

An Evening with Joanna Trollope

Village Books of Dulwich Village is delighted to present an evening of chat and conversation with Joanna Trollope in The Great Hall at Alleyn’s School on Wednesday 7th March. Joanna will share with you her thoughts on writing, tell you about her latest novel and where she gets her storylines from. Joanna’s latest novel, An Unsuitable Match, is an a uplifting story of love, family and second chances. ‘Why on earth, after all you’ve been through, all you’ve survived, all you’ve achieved, why do you want to get married?’ Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter . . . Like Rose’s daughter, Laura, who remembers her parents’ painful divorce and doesn’t want to see her mother hurt again. Or the twins, Emmy and Nat, who simply don’t trust the man their mother has fallen for. Then there’s Tyler’s children: Seth, …

An Evening with Julian Barnes

Over the past few years Julian Barnes has been writing compressed, spare fiction and non-fiction which addresses the great themes of our time. In The Sense of An Ending (winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2011), The Noise of Time and now The Only Story, he has created an outstanding triptych of short novels that will emerge as a towering achievement of early 21st century English-language writing. The Only Story opens in stockbroker country in the 1960s, complete with a tennis club, a golf course, unreliable cars, and prodigious quantities of alcohol and love. Paul is nineteen, home from university for the summer, and partnered with Susan, a local housewife of forty-nine, dressed in tennis whites with green piping, in the mixed doubles tournament. This chance pairing leads to a lifelong relationship but one laced with tragedy and regret, violence and repression. Barnes examines what happens when we allow ‘a social life to stand in for an emotional life’ and how co-dependency and its concomitant shame affect all concerned. A masterpiece of both restraint and insight. Barnes does very few events …

25 beautiful craft projects to blow your blossoms

Local craft designer, Hannah Read-Baldrey, is on a mission to bring Flower Power to everyone in her new book FlowerBomb!. Hannah’s love for flowers goes back as far as she can remember and her idea behind FlowerBomb! is ’to create a decorative explosion of beautiful flowers across your home and life to bring floral joy to your world’. With catwalks and high-street shops brimming with florals, it’s a timely release that will inspire new and experienced crafters alike. Hannah brings out the beauty of flowers through various crafts including papercraft, embroidery, stencilling, sugarcraft, clay craft, felting, weaving, sewing and crochet. The book features 25 projects divided into three chapters: Floral Home, Flower Fiesta and Floral Fashionista. Projects for the home range from a woven aster wall hanging and a painted flora teapot, to scented candles and flower bath bombs for relaxing nights in. In chapter two, Hannah, who is a professional stylist, shows how to add floral touches to parties and occasions with a flower garland, a giant paper peony and a showstopper cake with sugarcraft …