Winter Debut Fiction Showcase at Waterstones

with Tomasz Jedrowski, Deepa Anappara & Michelle Gallen


Thursday 30 January 2020, 6.30 PM

Waterstones London - Gower Street

82 Gower Street

London WC1E 6EQ



Waterstones' quarterly Debut Fiction Showcase celebrates some of the best, brightest new literary talent, handpicked by Gower Street's expert booksellers.

Join us on Thursday 30th January for Prosecco and literary excellence with our Winter Debut Fiction Showcase. Our compére, literary critic and Bitch Lit host Lucy Scholes will introduce three exciting new novelists making their debuts in 2020: Tomasz Jedrowski (Swimming in the Dark, Bloomsbury), Deepa Anappara (Djinn on the Patrol Line, VINTAGE), Michelle Gallen (Big Girl, Small Town, John Murray).

Each written with a strong sense of place, featuring exceptionally distinctive protagonists, these three differing and distinguished novels will form the basis of a discussion about their authors' writing experiences. There will be readings from each writer, as well as the opportunity for audience Q&A.


About the books:

Tomasz Jedrowski's Swimming in the Dark is described by Edmund White as "a lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity", set in Poland, 1980. Anxious, disillusioned Ludwik Glowacki, meets Janusz at an agricultural camp and they spend a dreamlike summer falling in love. But with summer over, the two are sent back to Warsaw, and to the harsh realities of life under the Party.

Deepa Anappara's energetic Djinn on the Patrol Line follows nine-year-old Jai as he uses the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find a missing fellow schoolchild. Accompanied by friends Pari and Faiz, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line.

Michelle Gallen's Big Girl, Small Town is being described as ‘Milkman meets Derry Girls’. It is 2004 in a small town in the north of Ireland – ten years after the Ceasefire brought the Troubles to an end. Everything – and nothing – has changed. At the heart of this darkly comic debut novel is Majella. When her grandmother is murdered, she is unwillingly thrust into the spotlight of her gossip-fuelled border town.

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