Join us for an event with Gavanndra Hodge and Sophia Money-Coutts when they’ll be discussing their latest books with TV & radio broadcaster, writer and cultural historian Matthew Sweet.
Gavanndra Hodge’s memoir The Consequences of Love is a superbly written account of coming to terms with childhood bereavement and a father’s addiction to sex and drugs. It’s also an inspired, at times bleakly comic narrative about living in a family so spectacularly dysfunctional that it could have formed the basis of a book in its own right.
Deputy editor of Tatler, Cambridge graduate, Gavanndra the high achiever is a hard-won facade; her true backstory isn’t one of glamorous accomplishment but of the “savage self-confidence which comes from desperation”, of “skin-of-the-teeth survival”.
Sophia Money-Coutts latest novel The Wish List is a gloriously funny read for anyone searching for their perfect match who ticks all of the boxes. Whipsmart and funny, Florence Fairfax might have been single for quite a while – well, forever, actually – but she isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade who keeps her company at night. She’s perfectly happy, thank you. So, when Florence meets an eccentric love coach who asks her to write a wish list describing her perfect man, she refuses to take it seriously. Until later that week, Rory, a handsome blond man with the sexual athleticism of James Bond she asked for just happens to walk into the bookshop…
‘Queen of the smart rom-com. Full of wit, warmth and a truly sweet, satisfying happy ever after’ – Daisy Buchanan