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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!

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THREE WOMEN. ONE BUILDING. 111 YEARS...

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.

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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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