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17 July 2023
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
All ages welcome
We’re delighted to be welcoming one of our favourite new writers Megan Nolan to Manchester for the launch of ORDINARY HUMAN FAILINGS – the stunning new novel from the acclaimed author of Acts of Desperation. Megan will be in conversation with Lara Williams (The Odyssey, Supper Club).
About the book:
When we look beyond the headlines, everyone has a story to tell…
It’s 1990 in London and Tom Hargreaves has it all: a burgeoning career as a reporter, fierce ambition and a brisk disregard for the ‘peasants’ – ordinary people, his readers, easy tabloid fodder. His star looks set to rise when he stumbles across a scoop: a dead child on a London estate, grieving parents loved across the neighbourhood, and the finger of suspicion pointing at one reclusive family of Irish immigrants and ‘bad apples’: the Greens.
At their heart sits Carmel: beautiful, other-worldly, broken, and once destined for a future beyond her circumstances until life – and love – got in her way. Crushed by failure and surrounded by disappointment, there’s nowhere for her to go and no chance of escape. Now, with the police closing in on a suspect and the tabloids hunting their monster, she must confront the secrets and silences that have trapped her family for so many generations.
About the author:
Megan Nolan was born in 1990 in Waterford, Ireland and is currently based in London. Her essays and reviews have been published by the New York Times, White Review, Guardian and Frieze amongst others. Her debut novel, Acts of Desperation, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2021 and was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award, shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Doors: 18.30, event starts: 18.45
Tickets are £3.00 or free when pre-ordering a copy of the book. ORDINARY HUMAN FAILINGS will also be available to purchase on the night and Megan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange this for you.
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