TALK & DEBUT BOOK LAUNCH: Author Clare Empson ‘HIM’ & guest musician Bill Jefferson
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Set amongst a circle of privileged, hedonistic friends in the West Country, Clare Empson’s debut novel HIM (Orion) has been described as ‘Brideshead Revisited meets Big Little Lies’. Join Clare here at Messums Wiltshire for a special launch event, a talk by Clare and music by London based singer/songwriter Bill Jefferson.
A dark love story, HIM opens with a mute woman in a psychiatric hospital who has witnessed something so traumatic she has lost the power of speech.
The doctors tell her the only way forward is to look into her past. She must start with ‘him’, Lucian and the passionate but devastating affair which changed the whole course of her life.
HIM is a novel about choices and those casual, seemingly simple decisions which can end up imploding our lives.
Clare is a journalist with a background in national newspapers – small business editor, finance correspondent and fashion at the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Express, freelance for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Tatler amongst others. She currently lives in Dorset and works as editor/founder of experiential lifestyle website www.countrycalling.co.uk.
‘What a wonderful debut! It was dark, addictive and ultimately heart breaking.’ – Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
‘Gripping and kept me guessing – and so emotionally true.’ – Sophie Kinsella
‘Him is dark, gripping, original and totally heartbreaking. Clare Empson writes like a dream: taut and sophisticated, not a word wasted. I loved this book.’ – Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter.