I’ll be honest, the last month has been terrible for me reading wise. I’ve only managed to get through two books and usually I can get through a good couple more. But uni has been hectic so that just wasn’t able to happen. However, I did make time to get through The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. The author was making a stop in Swansea Waterstones to do a talk and Q and A and I didn’t want to miss it. Thankfully I did manage to finish it a couple of hours before the talk and was able to enjoy the entire evening without being worried about facing any spoilers.
Stuart Turton is as amazing in person as he is in writing. I loved his book but the way an author acts in person or online also plays into how I feel about the book. Even if it shouldn’t, I just can’t help it. I guess it takes the shine off of the book a little bit. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case here. Turton was open and honest about his writing and publishing process and that was really lush to see.
The evening started off with Mark asking a couple of questions about the book and how the idea formed to what is now a Costa Book award winner. And the audience were able to ask him some questions. I think everyone was struggling with trying to work around any spoilers sine there were a couple of people in who hadn’t read it all yet. But it was honestly such a good laugh. He was open to us asking pretty much anything about the book and his writing process and gave us an insight onto how everything came to be what it is.
It wasn’t a formal setting at all. I think we all ended up having a really relaxed evening being able to talk about a book that we all really loved. Stuart himself was just incredibly honest and funny and I can’t wait to see what else he has planned for his next book. He took the time out to actually talk to the people that came over to him afterwards to get their books signed and he really appreciated everyone’s comments on them.
Waterstones Swansea do a tonne of amazing event (I promise this isn’t an ad!) and entry to them is usually only £3 which ends up being redeemable against the author’s book so you guys should definitely check out what they have going on on their twitter! And if you’ve yet to read the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and you’re considering it, please pick it up soon! You aren’t going to regret it. It’s an amazing book that will grip you from start to finish!
If you have read the book please let me know what you think in the comments.
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