15 January 2012

New books on the block

Very excited. This week sees the launch of two awesome novels by two awesome local writers.

Today is the launch party for The Passenger, the debut novel by Peter Wild, another fifth of the Inklings writing group I have the privilege of being a part of. To get in the mood, I'm just listening again to the interview Pete did last night on Michelle Hussey's Desert Island Discs-for-hipsters BBC Radio Manchester show. I suggest you do too; here's a link. The launch is at Soundcontrol at 7.30pm (details here) and features a couple of local bands, plus readings by Pete, another Inkling Valerie O'Riordan, and the inimitable Socrates Adams. You can buy the book here.

Socrates' debut novel, Everything's Fine, is out tomorrow. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's completely bonkers, but good bonkers. Great imagination; lovely style. And the proofreading's fucking amazeballs (I did it). The official launch is on Friday 27 January at Blackwell's on Oxford Road, but before then you can also catch Socrates reading at Bad Language on Wednesday 25 January. He gets around a bit. More details and purchasing opportunities here.

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