This July, up-and-coming British author Emma Chapman will set off on an epic quest to visit as many independent bookshops as she can in one month. Currently living in Jakarta, Emma will return for a limited time for the challenge, aiming to thank independent booksellers for the wonderful work they do and encourage readers to buy local. To help highlight Independent Booksellers' Week (28th June - 5th July), she will visit 100 shops, driving from Penzance to Aberfeldy in a rental car kindly loaned by Auto Europe.
Emma's debut novel How To Be A Good Wife was published in 2013 to great acclaim. Hilary Mantel called it 'a highly-competent creepy little chiller [with a] much bigger, equally disconcerting story about the nature of feminine experience'. The Financial Times named it 'a darkly fascinating debut' similar to The Bell Jar; The Guardian described it as 'eerily well-handled... a ruthless examination of the many layers of marriage'. The New York Times raved about its 'brilliant twist' and it's been compared favourably to Gone Girl and Before I Go To Sleep. It's currently #639 on the Amazon bestseller charts and rising.
“I strongly believe authors should do more to encourage readers to buy local,” Emma said. “Indies are community hubs, offering skilled personalized help, book clubs, events, beautiful displays and the joy of browsing, none of which are internet-transferable.”
Emma will be at Castle Hill on Saturday 19th July.
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