Laura Kay, Lily Lindon and Bethany Rutter discuss Life, Love and Identity.

Laura Kay, Lily Lindon and Bethany Rutter discuss Life, Love and Identity.

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Laura Kay, Lily Lindon and Bethany Rutter discuss life, love and identity with host Kiley Dunbar

About this event

We're thrilled to be welcoming Laura Kay, Lily Lindon and Bethany Rutter to the shop in June to discuss their latest work TELL ME EVERYTHING, DOUBLE BOOKED and WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE - three brilliant new laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. They'll be in conversation with host Kiley Dunbar (The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday).

About the books:

Laura Kay - Tell Me Everything

Would you entrust your life choices to someone hell-bent on avoiding theirs?

Natasha has everything under control, at least that's what her clients think. As a therapist, she has all the answers but when it comes to her personal life, she seriously needs to start taking her own advice.

Still living with her ex-girlfriend, Natasha's messy love life is made up of dates and one-night stands. After all, why would you commit to one person, when there is an endless stream of people waiting for you to swipe right? Besides, people always leave.

But when Margot arrives on the scene, everything changes. Flailing between mending long broken relationships and starting new ones, Natasha's walking the line between self-actualisation and self-destruction... With denial no longer an option, it is time for Natasha to take control of her own happiness.

Lily Lindon - Double Booked

A fresh, timely and genuinely laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about a sensible young woman in a long-term relationship who realises she's bisexual.

Georgina is a sensible 26-year-old with a routine: 1) schedule dates with long-term boyfriend, 2) teach piano to inept children, and 3) repeat until dead. Perfect.

But when one night she deviates from her usual timetable and sees the indie lesbian pop band Phase, Georgina realises: 1) she longs to play her own music again, 2) she wants to be just like them, and 3) their drummer is really hot...

Scared of losing her happy straight life, but feeling a new sense of belonging in the gay scene, she does what any rational person would do: she splits herself in two. She'll be Gina by day, George by night. It's going to take painstaking scheduling, a versatile wardrobe, and an ambiguous haircut, but maybe Georgina really can have both?

Bethany Rutter - Welcome to Your Life

This is a love story…

Serena Mills should be at her wedding. But she’s not.

Instead, she’s eating an ice cream sundae and drinking an obscenely large glass of wine in a Harvester off the M25.

Everyone thinks she’s gone mad.

She’s left the man everyone told her she was ‘so lucky’ to find – because Serena wants to find love. Real love. A love she deserves – not one she should just feel grateful for.

So, she escapes to the big city and sets herself a challenge: 52 weeks. 52 dates. 52 chances to find love. It should be easy, right?

A story about love, forging your own path, and falling head over heels – with yourself.

About the authors:

Lily Lindon is a writer and editor living in London. She studied English at Cambridge, where she wrote, directed, and performed in theatre and comedy shows with the Footlights, at the Edinburgh Fringe, and across the US. She then worked at Penguin Random House, where she published the Vintage Classics' Love Letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Currently, she's an Editor on creative writing courses at The Novelry and hosts Wit Lit, an interview podcast about funny books. She won a Comedy Women in Print Prize for 'funniest sex scene', an award she is still hiding from her mother. Double Booked is her debut novel, which she wrote during lockdown in a doomed attempt to stay sane

Laura Kay is an author and journalist. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield, and now lives in East London. In 2018, Laura was selected as one of the ten PRH WriteNow mentees, where she developed her debut novel, The Split. Tell Me Everything is her second novel.

Bethany Rutter is a writer, podcaster and jewellery maker. She writes books about women, bodies and clothes. She lives in Southeast London.

Kiley Dunbar is Scottish and lives in England with her husband, two kids and Amos the Bedlington Terrier. She writes around her work at a University in the North of England where she lectures in English Literature and creative writing. She is proud to be a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and a graduate of their New Writers' Scheme.

Doors: 6.30, event starts: 6.45

Tickets are £3 or free when purchasing a copy of one of the books. All three titles will also be available to purchase on the night and the authors will be signing copies after the talk. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event, please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or manchester@blackwell.co.uk and we can arrange this for you.

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