We’re pleased to announce that our next selection for the Virago Book Club is Girl Reading by Katie Ward.
Girl Reading is a novel in seven portraits – each chapter is inspired by a different image of a girl or a woman reading. Described by The Times as ‘a real wow of a first novel’, the book has been the subject of numerous rave reviews since publication, including this from Hilary Mantel:
‘Girl Reading is a debut of rare individuality and distinction. Katie Ward inhabits each of her seven scenes, her seven eras, with a fluent and intuitive touch, and sentence by sentence, deft and mercurial, she surpasses the reader’s expectations. What is set down on the page has a rich and allusive hinterland, so that the reader’s imagination has a space to work, and what is unsaid has its own fascination. The writing is full of light and shadow, alive with fresh and startling perceptions. Ward is wise, poised and utterly original. Her eye and her words are fresh, as if she is inventing the world.’
We’ll be talking about Girl Reading with Virago Book Group members from 9 July onwards, with an online Q & A with Katie planned later in the month to round off the discussion. In the meantime, we’d love to know what you think – for a taster of the book, you can read the first chapter here, or listen to an audio extract here.
Not a member of the book club? It’s free and there’s no commitment to buy – find out about more about how it works and sign up here.
And, if you are interested in attending our book club live events – or if you’ve been to one already – we’d love to hear from you. You can fill in a short survey of ten questions here, and have your say on how future events might work.