A Night In with Amanda Craig

A Night In with Amanda Craig

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A Night In with Amanda Craig

17 June 2021

To mark the paperback publication of The Golden Rule

Join novelist, short-story writer and critic Amanda Craig to celebrate her latest gripping novel, which blends edge-of-the-seat thrills with razor-sharp satire to ensnare the reader on the very first page.

When Hannah is invited into the First-Class carriage of the London to Penzance train by Jinni, she walks into a spider's web. Now a poor young single mother, Hannah once escaped Cornwall to go to university. But once she married Jake and had his child, her dreams were crushed into bitter disillusion. Her husband has left her for Eve, rich and childless, and Hannah has been surviving by becoming a cleaner in London. Jinni is equally angry and bitter, and in the course of their journey the two women agree to murder each other's husbands. After all, they are strangers on a train - who could possibly connect them?

But when Hannah goes to Jinni's husband's home the next night, she finds Stan, a huge, hairy, ugly drunk who has his own problems - not least the care of a half-ruined house and garden. He claims Jinni is a very different person to the one who has persuaded Hannah to commit a terrible crime. Who is telling the truth - and who is the real victim?

In conversation for this virtual event, Amanda will talk about the inspiration behind the book, which is modelled on two very different kinds of plot, from Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and the classic fairy-tale, Beauty and the Beast. She’ll also explore why she sees it as part of her job to ‘afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted’ and why it is important for her to highlight the gulf between the haves and have-nots.

‘She's such a skilful storyteller who vividly dramatises our lives with wit, wisdom and compassion’ Bernardine Evaristo

‘The Golden Rule is an absolute cracker and I loved the Beauty and the Beast theme’ Philip Pullman

‘… SUCH a treat. A passionate state-of-the-nation snapshot, it also manages to be a tense thriller AND a tender love story!’ Marian Keyes

Dates, Venues & Times
  • 17 June 2021
  • 20:00
  • Online Stream

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