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City Books Present: Elizabeth Day & Laline Paull in conversation with Annabelle Thorpe

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - Starts 7pm



Laline Paull is a British novelist. Her debut novel, The Bees, was nominated for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her cli-fi novel is titled The Ice.. It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body. It is Tom Harding, lost in an accident three years ago and now revealed by the melting ice of Midgard glacier. Tom had come to Midgard to help launch the new venture of his best friend, Sean Cawson, a man whose business relies on discretion and powerful connections – and who was the last person to see him alive.

‘By embedding a mystery in layers of melting Arctic ice, Paull brings narrative tension to a phenomenon readers typically encounter only in environmental or scientific reporting … the final pages are a triumph’ ~ Guardian

Elizabeth Day is the author of Scissors, Paper, Stone, which won a Betty Trask Award, and Home Fires. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard and The Sunday Telegraph, and is now a feature writer for the Observer. Her new book is The Party.. When Martin Gilmour wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had…but Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.

‘A well-paced slow-burner of a literary thriller – think Donna Tartt’s The Secret History or Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty… The Party is a gripping page-turner’ ~ Observer

After sixteen years as an award-winning travel and features journalist, writing for The Times, Telegraph and Guardian and many other newspapers and magazines, Annabelle Thorpe made the transition to fiction with The People We Were Before. As a travel writer, she has visited over 50 countries. Her fiction brings in locations she knows intimately, namely Croatia in her first novel. Her second What Lies Within is set in the vibrant souks and ancient riads of Marrakech. She calls it holiday noir. It is an intense, claustrophobic psychological novel, about the dark side of expat life, and what being out of your comfort zone can do to you.

Join these wonderful novelists for what is sure to be a lively and creative evening of discussion at Ropetackle!