In 2009, Atlantic Books published a remarkable debut novel, 'The Girl with Glass Feet', and we instantly fell in love with it in the shop. Realising the author Ali Shaw lived in Oxford, we got in touch - and our first event of 2010 found us listening as Ali describing how that book came to be written.
We weren't the only ones whose hearts and imaginations were captured: it was shortlisted for the Costa first novel award, and finally rewarded with the prestigious Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction in 2010. We were first in the queue to get Ali to Abingdon again when his second novel 'The Man Who Rained' was published - and we are delighted that he will be returning to Mostly Books again to discuss his third novel 'The Trees'.
'The Trees' is another remarkable feat of imagination, a story of the power and brutality of nature, and our relationship with it - and each other.
It follows Adrien Thomas, not much of a hero, faced with an overnight transformation of the world which is as brutal and terrifying as it is unexpected. Setting off to reach his wife who is across the sea in Ireland, he is joined by green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb.
Their journey will take them to a place of terrible beauty and violence, the dark heart of nature and the darkness inside themselves.
The book is already receiving some fantastic reviews:
"The Trees is a stunning and vivid examination of the relationship between humans and the environment in which they live. Violent, beautiful, devastating and utterly enchanting, it's a complete triumph for Shaw, who masterfully brings every detail of the book to life. A wonderfully imaginative story, but also a compelling social commentary, The Trees is a rarity and an absolute must-read." - Graeme Smith, The Herald Scotland
Ali will be in conversation with Mark Thornton, and the event takes place at Mostly Books on Wednesday, March 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4, to include a glass of wine.
Email us to reserve a place for what we know will be a captivating evening with this talented and special author.