Good morning my loves!
I finally feel sober enough to tell you all about the fantastic event I attended last Thursday in Bath. I was lucky enough to attend the Headline New Voices 2019 event and honestly don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a bookish event!
This is the second time Headline has organised an event like this one, it’s purpose to showcase some of the most exciting debut authors they would be published in the next 12 months. This time around we had the pleasure of meeting Harriet Tyce, Emily Gunnis, Rhik Samadder, Sarah Davis-Groff, Dominic Nolan and Richard Lumsden. This evening felt particularly special as it was the final stop of the tour and it was publication day for Richard and The Six Loves of Billy Binns. The atmosphere was electric!
Everything about this event was wonderful. They made wonderful amaretto sours and tasty pizza, the Headline team were some of the nicest I’ve ever met and the authors, oh so lovely authors, with their fantastic books. I’d already received and read three of the books on show that night; Blood Orange, Last Ones Left Alive and The Six Loves of Billy Binns and so I took them along with me to get signed. I hadn’t however got my hands on a copy of the other three (I suppose there were only two as Rhik’s book isn’t available in physical proof just yet) and so I picked up a copy of both The Girl in the Letter and Past Life. I loved the ones I had already received and am sure I will loved the others!
So let’s break down the brilliant books;
The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden
At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his life – and the events that shaped the century – he recalls a life full of hope, heartbreak and, above all, love. The Six Loves published on the 24th of January and you can get your copy now! You can read my review here.
Past Life by Dominic Nolan
Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything. Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape. Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son. Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still. Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty. But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again? Coming in March 2019.
The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis
A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late. Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost forever… Read her letter. Remember her story… This brilliant book published on the 10th of January and so you can get your copy now!
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise–she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems… Just one more night. Then I’ll end it. Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing. But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything…. Coming 21st February.
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Groff
Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives. Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around physical training and necessity. After Mam died, it’s the only way she and her guardian Maeve have survived the ravenous skrake (zombies) who roam the wilds of the ravaged countryside, looking for prey. When Maeve is bitten and infected, Orpen knows what she should do – sink a knife into her eye socket, and quickly. Instead, she tries to save Maeve, and following rumours of a distant city on the mainland, guarded by fierce banshees, she sets off, pushing Maeve in a wheelbarrow and accompanied by their little dog, Danger. It is a journey on which Orpen will need to fight repeatedly for her life, drawing on all of her training and instincts. In the course of it, she will learn more about the Emergency that destroyed her homeland, and the mythical Phoenix City – and discover a starting truth about her own identity.
I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder
More info on this powerful mental health memoir coming very soon! Published in August 2019.
And there we have it. There are many more stories I could share with you from this evening, but I’m not sure I should.. Let me just tell you, many speeches were made and much tequila was consumed by all. If you get a chance to attend the event next year (hopefully there will be one!) I absolutely suggest you do!
Peace and pages