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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan in conversation in Manchester

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Renowned for her debut novel Harmless Like You, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan joins us to discuss her new fiction, Starling Days, dubbed by Sharlene Teo as a beautiful portrayal of being alone by a poetic and painterly mind.

Mina is staring over the edge of the George Washington Bridge when a patrol car drives up. She tries to convince the officers she's not about to jump, but they don't believe her. Her husband, Oscar, is called to pick her up. Oscar hopes that leaving New York for a few months will give Mina the space to heal. They travel to London, to an apartment wall-papered with indigo-eyed birds, to Oscar's oldest friends, to a canal and to a blooming flower market. Mina, a classicist, searches for solutions to her failing mental health using mythological women. But she finds a beam of light in a living woman. Friendhsip and attraction blossom until Oscar and Mina's complicated love is tested.

'Will dazzle you'- Sarah Howe

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan won the Author's Club First Novel Award for Harmless Like You, which also won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. In the USA, it was a New York Times Editors' Choice and an NPR 2017 Great Read. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian and the Paris Review.

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