The launch party for Wendy Howard-Watt is at Keats House, Hampstead on Thurs 21 Jan at 6.30pm. There will be live readings from the author, Alan Franks and West End actress Charlotte Moore. This launch is also being held in celebration of the life of the late Ruth Boswell, founder and director of publishers Muswell Press. She nurtured the book from the start and lived just long enough to see it in its finished form.
Alan Franks’ last novel, The Notes of Doctor Newgate, was a Guardian book of the week and then of the year.
Wendy Howard-Watt is about a celebrity interviewer on a struggling national newspaper. Wendy will do anything to prise the secrets from the most famous people on the planet. Since all her rivals are phone-hacking, she too learns the skill by practising on her mother-in-law. Her old and not-so-old sins threaten to bring her stellar career crashing to the ground. When the possibility of salvation appears, it is surely too good to be true.
This brilliant new comedy takes us from the troubled offices of a dying broadsheet into the lives of the great and less than good; we enter the strange worlds of a stage legend with a dark secret, the menacing founder of LitRock music, a sensational arts mystery and the unseen empire of the world’s richest woman.
More about Alan’s previous novels can be read here.