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The Other Mrs Walker
Wed 9 March 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
Golden Hare Books and Pan Macmillan are delighted to announce the launch of one of the most hotly anticipated fiction debuts of 2016: The Other Mrs. Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis.
In a freezing, desolate Edinburgh flat an old woman takes her last breath surrounded by the few objects she has accrued over a lifetime: an emerald dress, a brazil nut engraved with the ten commandments - and six orange pips sucked dry.
Meanwhile, guided by the flip of a coin, Margaret Penny arrives back at her old family home, escaping a life in London recently turned to ash. Faced with relying on a resentful mother she has never really known, Margaret soon finds herself employed by the Office for Lost People, tasked with finding the families of the dead: the neglected, the abandoned, the lost. Her instructions are to uncover paperwork, yet the only thing Mrs Walker, the old woman in her current case, left behind is a series of peculiar objects.
But in the end it is these objects that will unravel Mrs Walker's real story: a story rooted in the London grime and moving from the 1930s to the present day, a story of children abandoned and lost, of beguiling sisters and misplaced mothers, of deception and thievery, family secrets and the very deepest of betrayals; in which the extraordinary circular nature of life will glitter from the page. For in uncovering the astonishing tale of an old woman who died alone, Margaret could finally discover her own story too…
The Other Mrs. Walker is at once a gripping and unique detective story and a moving and profound meditation on memory, identity and loss; it sparked a bidding war among several different publishers and promises to be one of the most talked-about novels of the year. We are extremely excited to be hosting the launch for this very special book at a very special venue with a strong thematic connection to the story: the Wohl Pathology Museum at Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh. As Mary explains: 'Just as Surgeons' Hall Museums explore the anatomy of the human body through all its amazing organs, so The Other Mrs Walker explores the anatomy of a human life through objects and artefacts too. They both operate as a cabinet of curiosities, leading us from past to present and back again, as we explore what makes us whole.'
Mary will be reading from the book and discussing it with Dundee’s number one literary dynamo and good friend of the shop, Peggy Hughes. Refreshments will be provided and tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.
We very much hope to see you there.