Manchester – Gavin Extense is visiting Central Library to talk about his new book, and sign copies at a free event on Wednesday 11 March between 1pm and 2pm.
Gavin’s new book, ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ is the topic of discussion – fans will also have the opportunity to have their books signed by the author.
Gavin’s debut novel, ‘The Universe Versus Alex Woods’ won the Writers Guide Best Book 2013, was selected as Richard and Judy Summer Book Club Read and was a top ten Amazon best book of 2013.
New novel, ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ has already received rave reviews and is in February’s Radio 2 Book Club choice.
Gavin said: “This will be one of the first events where I get to talk to an audience about my new book, and my first ever event in Manchester, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Extense, born in 1982, grew up in the village of Swineshead, Linconlshire. As a child he was a champion chess player winning numerous national championships – even travelling to Russia to pit his wits against their finest young minds.
After completing a PhD in film studies and unable to find employment, Gavin started writing his first novel with the help of his cat. Gavin was unable to afford to run the heating, so his cat would sit on his knee while he worked, which helped to keep them both warm.
Previously saying he loves being surrounded by books, Gavin should feel at home on his visit to Central Library – if he hadn’t been a writer, he would have liked to be a librarian.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: “We are pleased to host Gavin, a successful new author, at Central Library. Gavin’s new book raises the question of what it is like to live with bipolar disorder- a condition which affects many people. After the success of his first book, which also challenged social taboos, I’m sure the talk about ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ will be a lively and engaging event. ”
The event is free but will be ticketed – bookings can be made online at www.gavinextence.eventbrite.co.uk, or by calling 0161 234 1056.
More information about Manchester Libraries can be found here: www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries