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Kate Murray-Browne - One Girl Began | Wednesday 3 July, 6.30pm

Kate Murray-Browne - One Girl Began | Wednesday 3 July, 6.30pm

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Described by the Times Literary Supplement as an "expansive yet intimately woven novel" that leaves the reader with "a sense of the bonds between women, a continuum reaching deep into the past and branching out into the future..." We are excited to be bringing Kate Murray-Browne to talk about One Girl Began, in conversation with Naomi Booth

Order your copy of the book here or pick one up on the night!



East London, 1909.

When her family fall on hard times, Ellen finds work in a box factory and is drawn into a tight-knit circle of friendship, one that will transform her life and test her in unexpected ways. In 1984, the factory is now derelict. Eighteen-year- old Frances moves in with a group of squatters and activists who have taken over the abandoned building.

As she tries to build a new life, an unsettling relationship develops, forcing her to question who she is and where her loyalties lie. In 2020, the squat is now a gentrified conversion in a fashionable corner of the city. Amanda feels trapped in her tiny flat, overwhelmed by the demands of new motherhood and unsure of what the future holds - until the possibility of an alternative life presents itself...

From acclaimed author Kate Murray-Browne, One Girl Began is a vibrant, enthralling and moving novel about three women across three very different moments in time, connected by the same building and the forces that shape our lives.


Kate Murray-Browne's first novel, The Upstairs Room, was published by Picador in 2017 and was a Times’ Book of the Year; One Girl Began, published in April 2024. She was an editor at Faber for eight years, where she worked with award-winning authors and on Sunday Times’ bestsellers.


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