Rosalind Brown: Practice
March 14 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
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Join us on Thursday 14th March when we celebrate the launch of a hotly-anticipated debut from a local Norwich-based writer: Practice by Rosalind (Ros) Brown.
We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting this launch event with Ros. A regular customer of the shop, she holds both an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA. During her studies, she investigated the concept of discipline, particularly self-discipline, and our cultural fascination with the forms of self-discipline practised by writers. She concluded that widespread discussions of writers’ routines and editing practices reveal hidden assumptions about what makes ‘good writing’, and even about the nature of creativity itself — all themes she explores in her “exquisite” (Mark Haddon!) novel.
Here’s the blurb:
Six o’clock in the morning, Sunday, at the worn-out end of January. In a small room in an Oxford college, cold and dim and full of quiet, an undergraduate student works on an essay about Shakespeare’s sonnets. Annabel has a meticulously planned routine for her day – work, yoga, meditation, long walks; no apples after meals, no coffee on an empty stomach – but finds it repeatedly thrown off course.
Despite her efforts, she cannot stop her thoughts slipping off their intended track into the shadows of elaborate erotic fantasies. And as the essay’s deadline looms, so too does the irrepressible presence of other people: Annabel’s boyfriend Rich, keen to come and visit her; her family and friends who demand her attention; and darker crises, obliquely glimpsed, all threatening to disturb the much-cherished quiet in her mind.
Brilliantly crafted, wryly comic, and completely original, Practice is a novel about the life of the mind and the life of the body, about the repercussions of a rigid routine and the deep pleasures of literature. And what’s more, it’s got endless excellent reviews, from some very excellent people: Jon McGregor (author of Reservoir 13) said it’s a “novel as big as a world. Reading [it] is a strange and shimmering joy; a glimpse of a miracle.” Blimey!
Ros will be in conversation with Henry Layte, proprietor of The Book Hive. After their discussion, there’ll be time for audience questions and signing of books. Don’t miss it!
Rosalind Brown: Practice
Thursday 14th March 2024
The Book Hive, Norwich
FREE (suggested donation of £2 on the night to cover wine and heating)
Doors 6:30pm for a (prompt) 7:00pm start
Limited to 40 places — book your spot now to avoid disappointment!