Join us for an evening in the company of Emma Chapman and William Ryan as they talk about their latest novels, The Last Photograph and The Constant Soldier, both set against the backdrop of war.
Emma Chapman's The Last Photograph, explores the life of Rook Henderson, an award-winning photojournalist, still carrying the hidden scars of war. When his wife dies suddenly, Rook flies to Vietnam for the first time in fifty years, escaping to the landscape of a place he once knew so well and leaving his son Ralph to pick up the pieces. But when Ralph follows him out there, seeking answers from the father he barely knows, Rook is forced to retrace his past: his childhood in Yorkshire, his life in London in the 1960s and his marriage to the unforgettable June – and to ask himself what price he has paid for a life behind the lens. Gripping, evocative and unforgettable, The Last Photograph is a story of a life shaped by trauma and love - and the secrets that make us who we are.
In William Ryan's The Constant Soldier, Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut - a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who - against all odds - have so far survived the war. When, by chance, Brandt glimpses one of these prisoners, he realizes that he must find a way to access the hut. For inside is the woman to whom his fate has been tied since their arrest five years before, and now he must do all he can to protect her. But as the Russian offensive moves ever closer, the days of this rest hut and its SS inhabitants are numbered. And while hope - for Brandt and the female prisoners - grows tantalizingly close, the danger too is now greater than ever. And, in a forest to the east, a young female Soviet tank driver awaits her orders to advance ...
We are delighted to be hosting this event with two talented authors and look forward to them discussing the stories they've told and their portrayal of war in fiction.
EVENT FORMAT: Author talk/discussion followed by audience Q&A and book signing.
Tickets: £5 plus booking fee if purchasing online. Includes a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival. Ticket price redeemable against book purchase.
NB. The event starts at 7.30pm - doors open at 7.00pm