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John Murray Press debut authors with Rose Wilding | Tuesday 25 June, 6.30pm

John Murray Press debut authors with Rose Wilding | Tuesday 25 June, 6.30pm

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Join us for an evening with TWO DEBUT AUTHORS with John Murray Press - Madeline Docherty and Han Smith in conversation with Rose Wilding, author of Speak of the Devil!

General admission: £5.00

Admission + book bag (one copy of Gender Theory, one copy of Portraits at the Palace of Creativity and Wrecking, a proof of Bodies, a forthcoming debut from Christine Anne Foley, and John Murray Press tote bag): £27.50

PLEASE NOTE: we will contact ticket holders purchasing the book bag once these available to collect

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Gender Theory is an incisive, affecting debut about illness, identity and how we care for those around us....

You lose your virginity to a boy from your gender theory seminar, and the first person you tell is Ella. Ella's with you at the party when you first kiss a girl. And Ella takes you to the hospital the first time you're diagnosed.

Over the next few years you have a string of relationships and jobs, but you can always count on Ella to be there for you - until the drinking and the parties, the hospital visits and late-night calls, blur the lines of your friendship into something unbalanced and fragile, at risk of breaking altogether. The worst part is you can see it coming. The worst part is you don't know how to stop.

Portraits at the Palace of Creativity and Wrecking is the story of a young woman coming of age in a town reckoning with its brutal past, for readers of Milkman and A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

The almost daughter is almost normal, because she knows how to know and also not know. She knows and does not know, for instance, about the barracks by the athletics field, and about the lonely woman she visits each week. She knows - almost - about ghosts, and their ghosts, and she knows not to have questions about them.

She knows to focus on being a woman: on training her body and dreaming only of escape. Then, the almost daughter meets Oksana. Oksana is not even almost normal, and the questions she has are not normal at all.

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