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Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy

‘Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy’ by Franziska Thomas I am writing this because I can, because time really does heal all and because I need to start being honest. I have epilepsy. I was diagnosed with tonic clonic seizures aged 15. I’m never going to get better, but I will get worse and then improve. There will be moments of suffocation, recovery, elation, frustration followed by a return to half- normality before the process starts all over again. I will be high, and I will be low, but whoever I am, wherever I go, my life will be measured from the floor up. The title of my book ‘Fits and Starts’ is if nothing else recognition of what it’s like living with epilepsy and two small children. Nothing runs according to plan, most of what I do is at best chaotic and at worst chaos. Everything I do is on fast forward. I talk quickly. I move quickly. I eat quickly. I exist quickly. I am a devoted follower of the …

Warlight: An evening with Michael Ondaatje

Join Balham Literary Festival at Dulwich College on Monday 11th June for an evening with internationally acclaimed Man Booker Prize winning novelist Michael Ondaatje. Much celebrated as the bestselling author of The English Patient, Michael’s new book Warlight (7th June 2018) is his first novel in seven years. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. With scenes featuring local landmarks including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, …

The Single Mums’ Mansion

Janet Hoggarth’s first adult novel, The Single Mums’ Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent in East Dulwich. Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with three children under five in a rambling Victorian house in London, after her husband walks out on them claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove. A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her partner is also about to abscond. Once Ali’s baby Grace is born, Amanda encourages them to move in. When Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete. Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again… The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth Publication Date: 1st June 2018 • Price £2.99 For all fans …

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 …