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Lunchtime Readings launched with debut novelist

Posted on 28/11/2011
Landfall by Helen Gordon

Leading authors, poets and debut novelists will be giving lunchtime readings at Royal Holloway, University of London as part of a new series launched this week by the Department of English.

Members of the public are invited to join College staff and students for the launch event on Thursday 1 December where Helen Gordon will be reading from her debut novel, Landfall, which was published by Penguin Fig Tree last month.

Landfall tells the story of Alice Robinson who, after landing her dream job on a fashionable London art magazine, is having doubts about where her life is heading. Agreeing to house sit for her parents, she moves back to the suburban streets of her childhood, a world of Girl Guides, Tudorbethan houses and blossom trees, and finds herself confronting some truths.

At the lunchtime reading, Helen Gordon will read an extract from her novel and offer insights into the book that has seen her billed as “the arrival of a new, intriguing voice and a major literary talent”.

To attend the free event, simply head to the College’s Management Building Lecture Theatre for a 1pm start. It is not necessary to have read Landfall to attend the session. To buy a copy, click here.

Lunchtime Readings will be held twice a term, with the next session on Thursday 26 January 2012 at 1pm where first year English student Samantha Gilbert will be reading from her new novel What Lies Beneath.  


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