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An Evening of Historical Fiction with Karen Campbell and Mary Paulson Ellis

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Authors Mary Paulson Ellis and Karen Campbell will be in conversation about their latest novels.

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Blackwell's is thrilled to be hosting two masters of historical fiction, Mary Paulson Ellis and Karen Campbell. Mary and Karen will be chatting about their new novels, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing and The Sound of the Hours, and much more.

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

An old soldier dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no Will to enact. Just a pawn ticket found amongst his belongings, and fifty thousand pounds in used notes sewn into the lining of his burial suit . . . Heir Hunter, Solomon Farthing - down on his luck, until, perhaps, now - is tipped off on this unexplained fortune. Armed with only the deceased's name and the crumpled pawn ticket, he must find the dead man's closest living relative if he is to get a cut of this much-needed cash. But in trawling through the deceased's family tree, Solomon uncovers a mystery that goes back to 1918 and a group of eleven soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in France in the weeks leading up to the armistice. Set between contemporary Edinburgh and the final brutal days of the First World War as the soldiers await their orders, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing shows us how the debts of the present can never be settled unless those of the past have been paid first . . .

Mary Paulson Ellis is a writer living in Edinburgh. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines including the Guardian Weekend Magazine, New Writing Scotland, Gutter and the Herald. Her debut novel, The Other Mrs Walker,was a Times bestseller and Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017. In 2019 she was selected by Val McDermid as one of the UK’s ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working today.

The Sound of the Hours

September, 1943. Tuscany, Italy. In the hilltop town of Barga, everyone holds their breath. Even the bells fall silent. Everything Vittoria Guidi knows and loves is at risk. German troops occupy the mountains around her home, as America's Buffalo Soldiers prepare to invade. As Vittoria's country is torn in two, so is her conscience. Should she side with her Scots-Italian father or her Fascist mother? Should she do what she is told - or what she believes in? Frank Chapel, a young, black American soldier fighting with the Buffalo soldiers for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vittoria has ever met. In the chaos, they find each other - but can their growing love overcome prejudice and war?

Scottish writer Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, most recently The Sound of the Hours, Rise and This is Where I Am, all published by Bloomsbury Circus. Her previous books include The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life. A graduate of Glasgow University's Creative Writing Masters, Karen also teaches creative writing and carries out freelance communications training.

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