«But more important than the boarded-up windows and the endless task of fixing plumbing and electricity was the breaking and mending of friendships, as Guest rightly makes clear: anger and resentment contrasted with fierce loyalty and love and a desire to make things work. And work it did.» Boff Whalley, Chumbawamba
Join Leeds author SJ Bradley for the launch of her second novel, Guest, published by Dead Ink Books, at Waterstones Leeds, 6.30pm on Thursday 27 July.
SJ Bradley will be in discussion with Dead Ink editor Nathan Connolly, before taking audience questions and signing copies of the novel.
Samhain is a young, angry and bewildered squatter living in an abandoned hotel in the North of England. One day he receives a message: his father – a man he never knew – was an undercover policeman infiltrating the Green movement of the 80s. What’s more, he finds out that he too is now a father.
As Sam leaves for Europe, he pursues freedom and flees from his responsibilities. Responsibility, however, is hard to escape. Guest is a story of disillusionment, protest and, eventually, redemption.
If you contributed to the crowdfunder (thank you! thank you! thank you!!), you should receive your copy in the post prior to the event. There will also be copies available for purchase on the night.
SJ Bradley is an award winning short story writer from Leeds, UK, whose stories have appeared in Queen Mobs, Litro, and New Willesden Short Stories 7. Her previous novel, Brick Mother, was shortlisted for the Gladstone Writers in Residency Award and was described as «urban, northern, authentic» (Structo magazine) and «one of the best novels ever written about work» (3am Magazine.) She is the founder of Fictions of Every Kind and director of the Northern Short Story Festival.
Tickets are free but places must be reserved in advance. To reserve your place please email [email protected]
, ring 0113 244 4588 or tweet @WStonesLeeds. More information: waterstones.com/events/book-launch-guest-by-sj-bradley/leeds