Next Head in a Book Event

Wednesday 29th March 2017

James Reckitt Reading Room, Central Library, Albion Street, Hull, HU1 3TF


Free Entry

Stephen May & Martine McDonagh

'If there's a writer in the family, then that family is dead...' The family home. A place of sanctuary or a place of imprisonment. A place of intrigue. Of shifting alliances, sudden betrayals and, sometimes, if you're lucky, fierce love. The perfect place for a writer.

On Weds March 29 Stephen May and Martine McDonagh discuss new novels which shine a light on the secret damage that families can do to each other.

Stronger Than Skin the fourth novel by Stephen May has been described as Brideshead Revisited meets Gone Girl: a book that is 'Full of warmth with a dark, complex heart.' (Emma Jane Unsworth) a 'sexy and compelling love story.' (Monique Roffey) a story that 'hooks you in lightly, and then takes a grip; a proper page-turner to the last. ' (Rachel Seiffert) Previous novels have been shortlisted for Wales Book of The Year, The Costa Novel Prize and The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize

Narcissism For Beginners the third novel by Martine McDonagh is a is an ambitious and compelling coming-of-age novel written in a unique, confident voice. From 1985 to 1994 Martine was the manager of the band James (she also sang backing vocals and designed the iconic 'daisy' T shirts) and she's more than happy to spill secrets of the pop business in general and James in particular.

 Head in a Book would like to thank The Arts Council of England, The Library Service, The James Reckitt Library Trust and the City Arts Unit for their support




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