A venue fit for a king! It was a fantastic evening, they had arranged it all perfectly. I am gobsmacked and over the moon all at once!
— H.M. Castor, Author

 Thursday 28th February, 7pm at Warwick Books

C.S.Barnes 'Intention'

Tickets £5 including refreshments

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When twenty-two year old Gillian Thompson returns from university for the summer, it is apparent there is tension at home. An irritant to her father and a concern to her mother, Gillian’s home life is less than ideal. Geraldine, Gillian’s mother, has suffered abuse from Joe for years. However, it is not until Joe dies that the family dynamic shifts and Gillian starts out on her own dark journey…

When Gillian meets Paul and Daniel she starts to become the person she always knew she was. And as people around her start dying Gillian faces scrutiny from her mother.

But are the deaths accidents or is something more sinister at work? 

C.S. Barnes is a Worcester-based author who has recently completed her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing. She now spends her days teaching at different universities around the West Midlands, mostly recently Newman University and University of Worcester. Intention is Barnes' debut novel, and it follows her debut short story collection The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press, 2017) and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache (V. Press, 2018, published under Charley Barnes). 

Thursday 7th March, 7pm at Warwick Books

Gaby Koppel 'Reparation'

Tickets £5 including refreshments

Booking essential at Warwick Books 01926 499939 or info@warwickbooks.net

1997. Elizabeth’s eccentric, often inebriated émigré mother Aranca is approaching retirement in straitened circumstances. Her novel solution is to seek compensation from the Hungarian Government for what she suffered during the war.

In the wake of her father's sudden death and her mother's increasing obsession with wartime Hungary, Elizabeth is struggling to keep her job and her relationship afloat.

Then she gets a phone call to say that her mother has been arrested in Budapest and Elizabeth is forced to confront the nature of motherhood, love and loss as she puts together the clues to Aranca's past.

Can either woman escape their past and the historic events that have shaped their destiny?

REPARATION  is a powerful and ambitious novel that was inspired by Gaby’s own relationship with her mother and also her experience of growing up as a second generation holocaust survivor (and refugee) and having to bear the emotional burden of her parents’ experiences. She explores themes including inherited trauma, family dysfunction during and after the holocaust, the mother/ daughter relationship and emotional forgiveness

We are delighted to host a rich series of literary events in and around Warwick. These include our popular 'Meet the author' events. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed. Previous authors Melvyn Bragg, Jodi Picoult, Kate Williams, Professor Edith Hall and Dr Elizabeth Goldring. These events take place across Warwick including the beautiful Lord Leycester Hospital. We also support Warwick Words Festival. Read about our previous events in our blog.

Refreshments provided by local independent businesses are served at all of our events!

Huge thanks for a fab event yesterday!
— Warwickshire Schools Library Service