Some more great news – Girl Reading by Katie Ward (who you can follow on Twitter @katiewardwriter) has been picked for the TV Book Club. The book will be discussed on the episode airing first on More4 on 4 March. It will be repeated on Channel 4 soon after. For more information, visit their website here.
Girl Reading got rave reviews when it was first published last year. Hilary Mantel, author of the Man Booker Winner Wolf Hall, said that Katie Ward was 'wise, poised, and utterly original. Her eye and her words are fresh, as if she is inventing the world'.
Associate Publisher Ursula Doyle shares her feelings on the book.
Katie Ward's Girl Reading is one of the most original and thought-provoking debut novels I have ever read. Each of her seven 'portraits' of girls and women reading takes you into a completely new and beautifully imagined world. Whether we are in Renaissance Italy, an English country house during the First World War or a Shoreditch bar in 2008, Katie Ward puts us right there in the room and tells us a new and utterly involving story. And then, in the final chapter, Katie tips the board with such sleight of hand that you barely notice the pieces of the jigsaw flying up in the air and rearranging themselves in an entirely new pattern. Girl Reading is a tour de force of storytelling, both playful and serious, and makes you look at words – and pictures – through fresh eyes.
Author Katie Ward
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