Come and meet the inspirational Maggie Oliver and hear about her new book, her life, and her courageous actions to secure convictions in what is now one of the most notorious grooming cases in the UK.
Thursday 21st November at 7pm
Maggie will join us for the evening to share her incredible experiences, including her time as a consultant on the BBC award-winning drama ThreeGirls, where Lesley Sharp played the part of Maggie, and her time on Celebrity Big Brother – Year of the Woman and Loose Women.
She will also be talking about the Maggie Oliver Foundation, which Maggie has set up to help survivors of abuse begin to move on with their lives.
Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and can be redeemed against the purchase of a book on the evening.
To book tickets call 0161 747 7442, email email@example.com, or visit eventbrite
Life after life is a beautifully wrought,
unique novel that blends the concept of continuous reincarnation into an
outstanding work of historical fiction. The reader experiences the tumultuous period
of two world wars through Ursula, a heroine buffeted through multiple lives, the
course of which vary wildly with each incarnation.
Each reimagining of her life highlights how
we are all victims of circumstance and that destinies can change with just one
altered decision. It also allows Atkinson to examine events and characters from
multiple angles, vividly recreating a world now lost and depicting the raw,
human devastation experienced by civilians on both British and German sides.
Although the book opens with the attempted
assassination of Hitler, it immediately jumps to Ursula’s birth, setting a tone
of displacement that runs throughout the book as her lives take stunted,
weaving paths through a maze of life events.
Ursula herself is a somewhat lonely figure, forever at the mercy of the
twists and turns of her lives, and the collusion of an unknown force disguised
as happenstance. As such, it is hard to get a handle on what she wants, and
what really drives her, as she and the reader are awash with the endless
possibilities of her numerous lives.
The only constant throughout is the love
and dedication of her family; a rich assembly of characters each with their set
of nuances and hidden depths that can be uniquely probed through the varied
destinies they are entwined within. As the story progresses, Ursula’s prophesied
destiny becomes remote and in a sense unnecessary as the heart of the story is
not a heroic assassination, but her love for her family and the arcadia within
which they reside.
A feeling of nostalgia resonates throughout
as it documents the passing of a world now gone, a time that can now only be
looked upon through the lens of history. Kate Atkinson brings that world back
to life, creating an intimacy and immediacy to the war and those caught within
it whilst at the same time allowing the reader’s soul to soar at the prospect
of the fairytale moment that could have prevented it all.
Come and meet local author Carolyn O’Brien as she talks about the inspiration for her powerful new novel.
The Song of Peterloo tells the dramatic story of Manchester mill-worker, Nancy Kay. Desperate to provide for her ailing mother and sensitive son, Nancy is drawn into the agitation for reform. But as she risks everything to attend a great assembly on St Peter’s Field, Nancy is unaware the day will go down in history not as triumph, but as tragedy; the Peterloo massacre.
Carolyn will be here on Thursday 19th September at 7pm.
Tickets cost £3.00 – this includes a glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book on the evening.