Friday 21st June 2019, 12:30pm
We’re celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with none other than Ben Aaronovitch, author of the bestselling Rivers of London series.
Ben will be joining us in the shop for a special lunchtime event to mark the release of his new novella, The October Man. He’ll be talking about the new book, answering your questions and signing copies until 1:30pm.
**THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED**
About The October Man
Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot only found on grapes, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.
Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with minimum fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a ‘drinking-and-improvement society’, created by a group of entirely ordinary middle-aged men – who may have somehow accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century.
The rot is still spreading, literally, and the list of victims and suspects ever increasing. Solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history. So long as that history doesn’t kill them first.
About Ben Aaronovitch
Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world’s cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin’s New Adventures until they pulped all his books.
Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake’s 7 Audio dramas.
Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).
Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.