Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to invite you to our third author event of the 2020–21 semester – On 21 April, Tyler Keevil will be reading from and discussing his powerful new thriller Your Still Beating Heart. Eira’s husband has been murdered – a random stabbing … Continue reading Tyler Keevil’s Your Still Beating Heart
You can now book for all the scheduled 2021 Cardiff BookTalk events – links below. Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far! Full details of speakers and lots more information regarding the forthcoming free online talks on our website: http://www.cardiffbooktalk.org. Octavia Butler … Continue reading BookTalk for Spring / Summer 2021
The BookTalk team are delighted to present the full talk and Q+A we hosted with Richard Gwyn. The author discusses his latest novel The Blue Tent with Christie Collins, before Colin Bond fields probing questions from our audience. We cover magic, Jorge Luis Borges, dreams, … Continue reading Richard Gwyn’s The Blue Tent – Full talk and Q+A
Dates for your diary – Our spring programme features author readings with Richard Gwyn, Susan M. Gaines and Tyler Keevil, a new look at the cult writings of Octavia Butler and Ann Quin, plus heated discussion of Hilary Mantel‘s new blockbuster, The Mirror and the … Continue reading Cardiff BookTalk 2021 – Spring Programme
Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to invite you to our first event of the 2020–21 semester, on Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Following the dreadful and sensational poisoning that killed the rest of the Blackwood family, Merricat lives with her beloved sister … Continue reading Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Cardiff BookTalk‘s December event is on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. Winner of this year’s Booker Prize and heralded as ‘the literary event of the year’ by The Guardian, this work of speculative fiction is the long-awaited sequel to Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). … Continue reading Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments
Our next event will be BookTalk with a twist! We are pleased to welcome Tyler and Jonathan Keevil to celebrate the UK launch of Tyler’s latest novel, No Good Brother – a rip-roaring tale of ‘loyalty, love, danger and family’ (HarperCollins, 2018). Tyler Keevil is an award-winning writer … Continue reading BookTalk event, 25th April 2018: The No Good Brother(s) Tour with Tyler Keevil
Cardiff University MA student and regular BookTalker, Caitlin Coxon, reports upon our March event, Laura Powell in conversation with Sophie Coulombeau.
Betty watches the row of cars waiting to follow the hearse. Or the grand car, as Mr Eden calls it. Betty is pleased that Mother gets a grand car and lots of eyes on her. She’ll like that. The grass is wet around the grave pit. A big brown box is lowered into the earth. Gallagher still isn’t in the crowd; she checked. He will come though.
A man wearing a white robe says a prayer. Mrs Eden cries. Mother hates Mrs Eden. She will hate Mrs Eden crying too. I’ve no time for that green-eyed woman, that’s what Mother says, even though Mrs Eden has brown eyes. Mother’s eyes are a beautiful ice blue.
Betty wanders off to find the nearest tree; it is an oak. She presses her head against its trunk and lets it take some of her weight. The heaviness has returned but she has hardly eaten so shouldn’t she be losing heaviness? Maybe she should have a nap on this branch. Would this be a good place to sleep, Mother? She tries to hoist herself up but her arms are weak as butter. Mr Eden appears then. He smiles gently.
‘Time to go home,’ he says.
‘Where’s home?’ Mr Eden rubs his chin. Grey stubble pricks through the pores.
‘You need to shave,’ she says to be helpful.
‘Hotel Eden,’ he says. ‘It’ll always be your home.’
‘Thank you.’ Because that’s what you’re supposed to say to people who are trying to be kind – and he sounds kind, but she doesn’t really feel thankful.
She feels nothing apart from heaviness.
Taken from The Unforgotten, Chapter 17.