Date: Friday 6th October
Location: The Clarence Hall
Claire Fuller & Kate Hamer – In Conversation
2015 Desmond Elliot Prize Winner Claire Fuller (Our Endless Numbered Days) and Costa Book Award shortlisted author Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) discuss their most recent novels.
Kate Hamer – The Doll Funeral
My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.
But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.
Claire Fuller – Swimming Lessons
Gil’s wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years.
A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil’s books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?