The Warm Hands of Ghosts with Katherine Arden
Thu 07 Mar 2024
7:00pm at The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, Bath BA1 1UF
Book + Ticket gives you a free ticket with a copy of the book, all tickets include 15% off any books purchased on the night, author talk, Q&A and signing.
We could not be more excited to welcome the one and only Katherine Arden, back to Bath to discuss her epic new novel, The Warm Hands of Ghosts.
Following on from Arden’s bestselling The Winter Night trilogy (beginning with Team B fave The Bear and the Nightingale), The Warm Hands of Ghosts takes us back to World War One and tells the haunting story of Laura and Freddie Iven, two loving siblings separated by the war who will do whatever it takes to make it back to one another alive, even if that means making a deal with a devil.
About the Book:
January 1918. Laura Iven has been discharged from her duties as a nurse and sent back to Halifax, Canada, leaving behind a brother still fighting in the trenches of the First World War. Now home, she receives word of Freddie’s death in action along with his uniform -but something doesn’t quite make sense.
Determined to find out more, Laura returns to Belgium as a volunteer at a private hospital. Soon after arriving, she hears whispers about ghosts moving among those still living and a strange inn-keeper whose wine gives soldiers the gift of oblivion. Could this have happened to Freddie – but if so, where is he?November 1917.
Freddie Iven awakens after an explosion to find himself trapped under an overturned pillbox with an enemy soldier, a German, each of them badly wounded. Against all odds, the two men form a bond and succeed in clawing their way out. But once in No Man’s Land, where can either of them turn where they won’t be shot as enemy soldiers or deserters? As the killing continues, they meet a man – a fiddler – who seems to have the power to make the hellscape that surrounds them disappear.
But at what price?
‘A spectacular tour de force … I love this book so much and want everyone to read it!’ Naomi Novik
‘Visionary, imaginative and brilliantly written.’ Anthony Horowitz
‘Wonderful storytelling. Inventive, haunting and deeply moving.’ Sarah Winman