Saturday, September 22nd
Richard Milward Reading & Signing
6:00 – 8:00
We’re thrilled to welcome Richard Milward, author of Apples and Ten Storey Love Song, as he reads from his latest novel Kimberly’s Capital Punishment - just out from Faber.
His first book, Apples, was hailed by critics, Irvine Welsh called it ’It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read about being young, working-class and British.’
Milward will be reading from his new novel, Kimberly’s Capital Punishment, which has just been published and already receiving really great reviews. Time Out called it a ‘dark and surreal yarn… Milward holds our attention with endearing characters and quirky storytelling techniques… a deliciously playful, marvellously adventurous fuck-you of a novel; a confident and assured effort from one of the country’s most inventive young writers.’
Kimberly Clark was born to the sound of cackling witches, Halloween 1984. Having moved to London with her athletic boyfriend, the sweet-but-stuttering Stevie, she soon tires of him and decides to destroy the relationship from within by being as vile as is humanly possible. When this tactic leads to Stevie’s violent death by his own hand, Kimberly embarks on an enthusiastic, but no less disastrous, venture in ‘unadulterated altruism’. Kimberly’s soul hangs in the balance – will she ultimately spend eternity in the great TopShop in the sky? Or will she be hurtled into an abyss of endless physical torture, sexual humiliation and bad stand-up comedy? This is the story of Kimberly’s redemption, or possibly her damnation: it’s up to you. There are six different endings on offer. Bring your own dice. Prepare to lose your marbles.
This is a shocking, laugh-out-loud, nightmare-and-nausea-inducing book: a wild narrative experiment that recalls taboo-busting writers from William Burroughs to Irvine Welsh to Chuck Palahniuk.