THE FALLING THREAD – Adam O’Riordan in conversation with Katie Popperwell

  • DATE

    10 November 2021

  • TIME

    6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Blackwell's Bookshop Manchester
    University Green, 146 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9GP

Join us for the launch of THE FALLING THREAD – the masterful debut novel from award-winning, critically-acclaimed author Adam O’Riordan.

We’re delighted to be teaming up with Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University to celebrate the launch of Adam O’Riordan’s THE FALLING THREAD – a hauntingly evocative debut novel from one of our most exciting literary talents. Adam will be in conversation with writer and presenter Katie Popperwell.

‘Super-assured … Wholly convincing lives, described and written with great limpid precision of language’ WILLIAM BOYD

About the book

Manchester, the summer of 1890. A city humming with industry and gleaming with affluence.

But for Charles, cloistered in his middle-class parents’ suburban villa on holiday from university, the city’s vibrancy holds no charms. Bored and a little listless, he spends the summer in pursuit of his little sisters’ governess, Hettie. Before the summer’s end, both must face the consequences of their affair – consequences they will live with for the rest of their lives.

Charles’s sisters come of age as women of the new century – and experience a very different Manchester from their brother and guardian. In the smog and glitter of the city, both sisters will discover the very different things they seek, and the very different women they will become. But as a new era springs into being, a darker shadow stretches, threatening to engulf the whole world…

About the author

Adam O’Riordan was born in Manchester in 1982 and read English at Oxford University. In 2008 O’Riordan became the youngest Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection of poetry, In the Flesh, won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. He is Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. His debut collection of short stories, The Burning Ground, was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. This is his first novel.

The Falling Thread and other selected works will be available to purchase on the night and Adam will be signing copies after his talk. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or and we can arrange this for you. Covid-19 precautions will be adhered to in order to ensure the safety of of our attendees, authors and booksellers.