‘The Half Life of Valery K’ with Natasha Pulley
Tue 21 Jun 2022
7:00pm at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights
Doors at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets include author interview, a glass of wine and a 15% discount on any books in the shop on the night.
We’re thrilled to welcome author Natasha Pulley back to the shop to discuss her brand new novel ‘The Half Life of Valery K‘.
Natasha Pulley has long been a Team B favourite ever since her wonderful debut ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street‘. We previously welcomed Natasha to the shop for the release of ‘The Lost Future of Pepperharrow‘ and she has since taken part in our online video lockdown project Box O’ Teeth to answer some rather bonkers questions about ‘The Kingdoms‘! We absolutely cannot wait to talk to Natasha about this thrilling new historical adventure, based on real events in a surreal Soviet City…
The truth must come out. In 1963, in a Siberian gulag, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov has mastered what it takes to survive: the right connections to the guards for access to food and cigarettes, the right pair of warm boots to avoid frostbite, and the right attitude toward the small pleasures of life. But on one ordinary day, all that changes: Valery’s university mentor steps in and sweeps Valery from the frozen prison camp to a mysterious unnamed town hidden within a forest so damaged it looks like the trees have rusted from within.
Here, Valery is Dr. Kolkhanov once more, and he’s expected to serve out his prison term studying the effect of radiation on local animals. But as Valery begins his work, he is struck by the questions his research raises: what, exactly, is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town? And if he keeps looking for answers, will he live to serve out his sentence?
We hope you’ll join us for a truly special evening!