Laura Purcell & Samuel Fisher in Conversation with Edward Cox
We are delighted to be hosting an evening with two authors who have local connections: Laura Purcell lives in Colchester and Samuel Fisher grew up in Wivenhoe. A big thanks to another local author, Edward Cox, for agreeing to host the evening and ask the questions. Laura’s new hardback, The Whispering Muse, is a Gothic mystery with a Victorian theatrical setting. Has an actress called Lilith made a pact with the tragic muse of Greek Mythology called Melpomene to become the greatest actress ever to grace the stage? A young girl is hired to spy on Lilith by the jealous wife of the theatre owner but she is enthralled by Lilith’s performances and her troubled life. When strange incidents begin to occur it is seems as though Lilith may have brought down a curse upon the theatre. Samuel Fisher’s speculative novel Wivenhoe will be released in paperback on the same day. It’s set in an alternative present in which an unspecified ecological disaster has caused a new ice age. It has the added interest of a local setting which many of you will recognise but used to describe a world which has become barely habitable. It starts with a shocking murder as society is beginning to breakdown in the face of the these extreme conditions. It is a haunting tale of how a small, tight-knit community struggles to adapt to the collapse of the type of civilised life we take for granted. After the authors have talked about their books, you will get a chance to ask questions and then get a signed copy of either of the books if you have purchased one.
Tickets are available from the Waterstones website and doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.