Writers' Night: Jessica Barry, Alex Michaelides and Lizzy Barber
We’re delighted to introduce the second in our series of Writers Nights’ showcasing new work and debut novels from some of 2019’s most hotly anticipated authors.
Grab yourself a glass of wine and join Jessica Barry, Alex Michaelides and Lizzy Barber as they discuss the enduring appeal of the thriller novel and the journeys they took towards getting their work published for the first time.
Freefall by Jessica Barry: When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead—everyone except her mother Maggie. Told from the dual perspectives of these two tenacious women, Freefall is a heart-stopping and propulsive debut about overcoming unimaginable circumstances to protect those we love most. Jessica Barry is the pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. She read English and Art History at Boston University before moving to London to pursue an MA from University College London.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: Alicia Berenson writes in her diary as a release, an outlet—and to prove to her husband Gabriel that everything is absolutely fine. Then one evening Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and never speaks again. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he alone unravel the secrets behind Alicia’s crime but the more discoveries he makes, the deeper the silence seems to go. Alex Michaelides read English at Cambridge University and received an MA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He wrote the screenplays for the films Devil You Know, starring Rosamund Pike and The Con is On starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth.
My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber: Anna has never truly felt like she belonged in her small Florida town, and a visit to the local amusement park sparks memories she barely recognises. In London, Rosie lives in the shadow of her missing sister who disappeared fifteen years ago on a family holiday. Two young women, desperate to unlock the mysteries that have defined their lives, search to uncover the truth. Lizzy studied English at Cambridge University and started her career as an actress before turning to writing. Her debut novel My Name is Anna has been awarded the second annual Penguin Random House First Novel Competition with and has been named Thriller of the Month by The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times Crime Club, The Spectator and more.
The event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark and followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Tickets: Free reservation—including a glass of wine!
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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