The Book Group: Meet Catriona Ward

Date: 12 November 2019

Time: 1930-2100

Price: £5

This month, the Book Group is welcoming Catriona Ward to join us and talk about her work.

Catriona will be reading from her second novel, “Little Eve”.

Catriona was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, Rawblood won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and selected as a Winter 2016 Fresh Talent title by WHSmith. Her second novel, Little Eve, was published in July 2018.  Joanne Harris called it ‘magnificent… with shades of Shirley Jackson and the Loney.’ Catriona lives in London and Devon.

Catriona has recommended we discuss a collection of short stories, “Get in Trouble” by Kelly Link in our December Book Group.

About ‘Little Eve’

Chilling and terrifying, the electric new novel from Catriona Ward, whose debut RAWBLOOD won the Best Horror novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2016.

Eve and Dinah are everything to one another, never parted day or night. They are raised among the Children, a community of strays and orphans ruled by a mysterious figure they call Uncle. All they know is the grey Isle of Altnaharra which sits in the black sea off the wildest coast of Scotland.

Eve loves the free, savage life of the Isle and longs to inherit Uncle’s power. She is untroubled save by her dreams; of soft arms and a woman singing. Dinah longs for something other.

But the world is at war and cannot be kept at bay. As the solitude of Altnaharra is broken, Eve’s faith and sanity fracture. In a great storm, in the depths of winter, as the old year dies, the locals discover a devastating scene on the Isle.

Eve and Dinah’s accounts of that night contradict and intertwine. As past and present converge, only one woman can be telling the truth. Who is guilty, who innocent?

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