Introducing...debut novelist Kate Sawyer
Ruth has left her home and life in London for a new adventure. Relationships were claustrophobic and there were things she felt she'd left undone. So she's travelled to New Zealand, hoping to fulfil her ambition to work with whales.
Stepping off the plane she soon has a sense that something is different, and not just because she's the other side of the world.
She doesn't engage with the newsfeeds, but makes her way to the coast. Here her ambition to see a whale is tragically fulfilled where she finds one beached on the shore.
As the looming catastrophe becomes a reality, Ruth's only hope of survival is to step inside the whale, with a stranger.
This is an extraordinary life affirming and thought provoking novel. It's a book about courage, resourcefulness and hope, and ultimately challenges every reader to interrogate life today - how we're looking after the planet, and our relationships, and how we, too, might respond if everything was stripped away. So much to think about!
Join me in speaking to Kate about this, her first novel.
Purchase a copy of The Stranding and you will receive free entry to the online conversation with Kate. Books will be distributed ahead of the meeting so that you can devour it in one sitting, or dip in for a flavour. You will be able to put your own questions about the book to Kate, as well as listen to a conversation about her career path to this point, and a reading from the book too.
The first 30 people to reserve their place will receive a special The Stranding goody bag, so don't delay!
Tickets available here.