New Voices In Fiction: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Lucy Jago & Salena Godden


What to read this autumn is taken care of in this exciting event showcasing three dynamic and brilliant writers and their latest novels. Featuring strong female voices as the central characters, but transporting us between continents and centuries, these authors examine how women preserve and cultivate their power in a myriad of ways.


Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is the winner of the 2021 Jhalak Prize with her second book The First Woman, weaving together a coming-of-age story against the background of 1970s Uganda. This captivating novel encompasses magic, tradition, and feminism and will linger in the memory long after the final page.


‘Bursting with resilient humour, the novel is as engaging as it is informative.’ SUNDAY TIMES BEST FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR


Salena Godden is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers and will be talking about her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. Tired of her job and desperate for a sympathetic ear, Mrs Death befriends a writer who begins to work on her memoir, travelling across time and place to witness deaths past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. Idris Elba has snapped up the film and TV rights to this book.


'A fantastically imaginative story about life, death and everything in between – a potent reminder that life is short and every second should be cherished' IDRIS ELBA


Lucy Jago’s first book, The Northern Lights, won the National Biography prize and her highly anticipated debut novel is based on the true murder scandal that rocked the court of James I, and the strange friendship between two women that transgressed moral and social norms in a misogynistic world. It is an exhilarating dive into the pitch-dark waters of the Jacobean court.


‘Riveting … A narrative that brims over with colour and invention’ - THE SUNDAY TIMES


Ticket prices includes a copy of The First Woman (Pb: £8.99, A Net For Small Fishes (Hb: £16.99) or Mrs Death Misses Death (Hb: £14.99)