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Book Launch: All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

  • Golden Hare Books 68 St Stephen Street Edinburgh EH3 5AQ (map)

Golden Hare Books is delighted to be hosting the launch of Claire Askew’s debut novel, All the Hidden Truths. Come and join us at Customs House for a glass of wine to celebrate this compelling debut, and listen to Claire talk about her dark and engrossing novel!

‘Top-class writing…When we think about Edinburgh crime our thoughts turn to Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. Claire Askew could be up there with them.’
-- The Bookbag

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About the Book

On the 14th May at 8.20am Ryan Summers walked in to Three Rivers College in Edinburgh and started shooting.

The day before DI Helen Birch started a new job. The day before Isbel Hodgekiss argued with her daughter. The day before Moira Summers tried to talk to her son.

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Bridges College and killed twelve women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on the first day in her new job.

But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out , and as the world searches for someone to blame…the truth seems to vanish.

As the shooting ripples out across the lives of these three women, all of them are searching for answers to the unanswerable. It is a stunningly moving novel from an exciting new voice. All the Hidden Truths will cause you to question your assumptions about the people you love, and reconsider how the world reacts to tragedy.

About Claire Askew

Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and community educator based in Edinburgh. Her debut novel in progress was winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction, and longlisted for the 2014 Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) novel award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her debut poetry collection, This Changes Things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. In 2016 Claire was selected as a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion, and she works as the Scotland tutor for women’s writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrrl! And #Grrrlcon