Waterstones Gower St Presents New Voices

Join Sarah Shaffi in conversation with a panel of formidable new writing talent, featuring Jo Browning Wroe (A Terrible Kindness), Maddie Mortimer (Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies) and Nat Ogle (In The Seeing Hands of Others).

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Location
London
Date
10.03.2022
Time
6:30 pm
About the Event

Join Sarah Shaffi in conversation with a panel of formidable new writing talent, featuring Jo Browning Wroe (A Terrible Kindness), Maddie Mortimer (Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies) and Nat Ogle (In The Seeing Hands of Others).

From Faber, Jo Browning Wroe, author of the Sunday Times top 10 hardback fiction bestseller, A Terrible Kindness. It is October 1966 and a landslide at a coal mine has buried a school: Aberfan. William decides he must act, so he stands and volunteers to attend. It will be his first job, and will be – although he’s yet to know it – a choice that threatens to sacrifice his own happiness. His work that night will force him to think about the little boy he was, and the losses he has worked so hard to bury. But compassion can have surprising consequences, because – as William discovers – giving so much to others can sometimes help us heal ourselves. Jo Browning Wroe grew up in a crematorium in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is now Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

From Picador, a pre-publication exclusive: author Maddie Mortimer will be discussing her novel, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies – a story of coming-of-age at the end of a life. Utterly heart-breaking yet darkly funny, Maddie Mortimer’s astonishing debut is a symphonic journey through one woman’s body: a wild and lyrical celebration of desire, forgiveness and the darkness within us all. Maddie Mortimer was born in London in 1996. Her writing has featured in The Times and her short films have screened at festivals around the world.

From Serpent’s Tail, Waterstones’ own Nat Ogle’s (a bookseller at the Tottenham Court Road branch) In the Seeing Hands of Others is a ground-breaking debut novel that combines the investigatory pleasures of a legal drama with a provocative and literary exploration of the limits of empathy.

Praise so far: ‘I loved this highly original and compelling story’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Ogle is a damn good novelist’ Sunday Telegraph

Hosted by Sarah Shaffi, freelance journalist (Stylist, Phoenix, New Arab), editor-at-large Little Tiger and co-founder of #BAMEinPublishing.

Books will all be available to purchase on the evening.