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An Evening with Lucy Atkins and Claire Fuller

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Join Lucy Atkins and Claire Fuller for a live author event back at Blackwell's.

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*This event has been rescheduled from Wednesday 21st July to Monday 9th August due to the increase in COVID19 cases in Oxford, with the recommendation from Oxford's Chief medical advisor that visits in and out of Oxford should be kept to a minimum. We will review this date on Monday 2nd August, if this advice is still in place then for the safety of our authors, customers and staff this event will be moved to a digital online talk.*

Join us live and in-person at Blackwell's on Broad Street for an evening with Lucy Atkins and Claire Fuller, who will be discussing their novels, Magpie Lane and Unsettled Ground. Expect dark family secrets, the fringes of society and simply excellent writing. 

Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins

When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.As Dee looks back over her time in the Master's Lodging - an eerie and ancient house - a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why is Felicity silent?Roaming Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one.

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back?

Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance.

But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.

Unsettled Ground is a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness. It has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize.

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This event is a live and in-person event at Blackwell's Bookshop on Broad Street Oxford. Author events are an essential part of the life of our bookshops because they promote discussion about books and bring authors and readers together. We are very pleased to be re-starting our author events programme in the bookshop again for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

Precautions will be taken to ensure that attendees, authors and booksellers can attend safely and confidently. We ask attendees to cooperate fully with us so we can all focus on enjoying the event and listening to the author conversation. For more information, you can call us 01865 792792 or email oxford@Blackwells.co.uk.

Our events programme is contingent on government restrictions. If we are unable to hold this event in the bookshop on the advertised date, it will be postponed or held as a virtual event. We will keep you informed.

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