Passiontide launch with Monique Roffey at Bookhaus
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A event held at Bookhaus on Wednesday 7th August. The event starts at 18:00.

Four women spark a revolution on a Caribbean island – the electrifying new novel from the Costa-winning author of The Mermaid of Black Conch.

‘Vital, enraging and brilliant. I loved it’ SARAH WINMAN

‘Beautiful and important’ SAFIYA SINCLAIR

Early one morning, at the close of St Colibri’s carnival, a young female steel-pan player is found dead beneath a cannonball tree. It is a discovery that will transform the lives of everyone on this small island.

As the days pass, this shocking event draws together four women. There’s Sharleen, a journalist with an eye for the real story. Her childhood friend Tara, a pink-haired, straight-talking local activist. Gigi, the ‘notorious’ founder of the Port Isabella Sex Workers Collective. And Daisy, first lady of St Colibri, who is haunted by a disappearance in her own family decades ago.

In a community in which women’s voices are often silenced and violence against them is overlooked time after time, the group soon find themselves compelled to speak out – and to act. But even they could never have foreseen the consequences of their courage…

Monique will be in conversation with Heather Marks. Heather is a producer and writer-visual artist whose work is guided by an amplification of marginalised histories. Her debut short film 'Fugitives in the Archive', premieres July 2024 as Spike Island's 2024 Digital Commission. Tickets cost £6 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink and £2 off the book.

‘Roffey’s world-building power is evident on every page’


‘Will keep you reading all hours... unforgettable’


‘A vital novel… Fiery, funny and ferociously feminist’


‘The spirit of carnival itself is in the writing… Electrifying’


‘Monique Roffey is a trailblazer of Caribbean literature’

Entry requirements: no age restrictions

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