Night Owl Book Club - The Marriage Portrait - 13th October
Join us for our first Night Owl book club event for Maggie O'Farrell's new novel The Marriage Portrait, on Thursday, 13th October, at 8pm!
Tickets include a special independent bookshop edition of the book (RRP £25) and an accompanying enamel pin badge, plus a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee (decaff available!) to enjoy as we discuss the book in a small group.
Select 'local collection' at the checkout if you would like to pick up your copy from Night Owl. Please note: copies will be available for collection from Thursday, 1st September.
About the book:
Marriage was her destiny. Now she must survive it.
The breathtaking new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Hamnet, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.
The Marriage Portrait is a dazzling evocation of the Italian Renaissance in all its beauty and brutality.
Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her.
Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence’s grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband.
What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival.
The Marriage Portrait is an unforgettable reimagining of the life of a young woman whose proximity to power places her in mortal danger.
Hardback, 448 pages, published 30th August 2022.
- I already have a copy of The Marriage Portrait- is it possible to get a ticket without the book?
No problem! Please let me know by writing a note when adding the ticket to your cart (click 'Add a note to your order', and write a message in the box before checking out). You'll receive a credit of £25 to spend on another book of your choice at Night Owl.
- Where will we be meeting?
The event will be held at Night Owl Books, 1 Bridge Street, East Linton, EH40 3AG.
- We'd like to attend as a couple and share a copy of the book - is that possible?
Of course! Please let me know by writing a note when adding the ticket to your cart, and you can pick up one copy of the book from Night Owl and receive a credit of £25 to spend on another book/gift of your choice.
A note on Covid precautions: if you can, please take a lateral before attending, and if you feel unwell on the day, please err on the side of caution. We will aim for the event to be fully in-person but will be as flexible as possible will hybrid arrangements if needed.