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Anna Wilson introduces her memoir ‘A Place for Everything’

One of the long-standing friends of the Edge of the World Bookshop is author Anna Wilson. Anna writes hilarious children’s books and we have enjoyed lots of children’s events with Anna with the whole audience in stitches. Her newly published memoir is on a more sober subject, her mother’s autism.

‘A Place for Everything’ is a searing account of a mother’s late-diagnosis of autism – and its far reaching effects on a whole family. Anna grew up in a house that was loving, even if her mum was ‘a little eccentric’. They knew to keep things clean, to stay quiet, and to look the other way when things started to get ‘a bit much for your mum’.

It’s only when her mother reaches her 70s, and Anna has a family of her own, that the cracks really start to appear. More manic. More irrational. More detached from the world. And when her father, the man who has calmed and cajoled her mother through her entire life becomes unwell, the whole world turns upside down.

This is a story of a life lived with undiagnosed autism, about the person behind the disorder, those big unspoken family truths, and what it means to care for our parents in their final years. Told with Anna’ warmth and wit it is a must read. Check out her interview on Woman’s Hour for more info from Anna.

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Sophie Kirtley reads two chapters

Sophie Kirtley reads the first two chapters of her new book The Wild Way Home

If you love adventure and time-slip this novel might just be what you are looking for. Perfect for 8-12 year old readers it has received rave reviews and is out this week.

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Lamorna Ash introduces Dark, Salt, Clear

Lamorna Ash is the author of Dark, Salt Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Village.

Here Lamorna introduces her book for the Edge of the World Bookshop. Charting her time in Newlyn and the fishing community there, this is a captivating insight into the life and character of our beloved neighbouring port.

The book is available in hardback at £18.99 and we will take pre-orders for when we open which will hopefully be on 1st June. 2020.

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Deeplight by teen author Frances Hardinge

Author Frances Hardinge reads the opening chapter of her stunning new novel Deeplight. This author is an Edge of the World absolute fave and her latest novel doesn’t disappoint. If you are looking for page-turning fantasy then fiction this good shouldn’t be only available to teens.

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Now the gods are dead, but their remains are stirring beneath the waves . . . On the streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live 14-year-old urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell.

But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .

The book is now available in paperback at £7.99 and we can take pre-orders for when we hopefully open on 1st June.

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave reads The Mercies

We were due to feature author Kiran Millwood Hargrave at the Acorn Penzance to talk about her latest book ‘The Mercies’.

One of the disappointing aspects of the lockdown for us has been having to cancel and postpone a series of exciting events we had planned and this was one of them. Already known as an exciting weaver of tales for teens, The Mercies is her first book for adults and a fabulous treat for readers who love historical fiction with brave women at the helm.

To wet your apetite for what is in store we are delighted to take part in Pan Macmillan’s #VirtuallyTogether tour. We hope to welcome Kiran to Penzance in the not too distant future.

We have signed copies in stock at £14.99 and so let us know if you would like to reserve one for when we open in hopefully a few days time.