Maggie O’Farrell on writing, reading, and World Book Night

We got her! Edinburgh Libraries’ book groups’ favourite writer joined us on Monday for a very special World Book Night Event.

Jenny Brown (left) and Maggie O'FarrellThe popular author told Jenny Brown and a packed Reference Library about why she chose Edinburgh as the setting for The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, the books she’d give as gifts (I Capture the Castle, Jane Eyre, William Boyd and Our spoons came from Woolworths) and why she doesn’t own a Kindle.

We also got some exciting news about her new novel and an interesting story about how the first draft of ‘The hand that first held mine‘ contained a supernatural element – which was quickly jettisoned after some fairly forthright feedback from the author’s husband!

Maggie O'Farrell at Central LIbraryFor anyone who missed out on what was a really excellent evening, fret not, as the video will appear on our youtube channel very very soon..


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