As part of our Books Against Loneliness Campaign, we are proud to present two authors who tackle the subject of loneliness head on and offer hope in the shape of community and connection...
Authors Libby Page and Richard Roper are at the forefront of feel-good fiction. Though their novels deal with some of society's biggest ills - loneliness, gentrification, and social disconnection - they are shot through with humour, hope, and warm-heartedness. They also share the same sense of community spirit that has helped to put Frome firmly on the map.
Libby Page' s The Lido was a smash-hit last when it was released in hardback last summer. The novel follows 26-year-old reporter Kate, who joins forces with 86-year-old widow Rosemary to save their local lido after the council announces plans to transform it into a state-of-the-art gym. The book (out now in paperback), centres on the value of community and the idea that hubs like lidos, libraries and other community spaces are essential for keeping people socially connected.
Richard Roper is a non-fiction editor at Headline (Hachette Publishing). Something to Live For is his debut novel Andrew, the novel's protagonist, works for the council, arranging the funerals of people who have died alone. But with loneliness eating away at his own life, Andrew is struggling to find something to live for...
The event will conclude with a Q&A. Books will be available to purchase on the night and Libby and Richard will be very happy to sign them.
Tickets £5 available on Eventbrite (link), or in shop.
Please note: There is no parking at the venue itself and parking on the surrounding streets is limited. There are a number of public car parks all within walking distance in which parking is free after 6pm.