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Rebecca Watson

Debut Author: Rebecca Watson: little scratch

Sunday 30 May | 12.30 - 1.30pm

£5 Venue: Darley Abbey Village Hall, DE22 1DS

Chosen as one of The Observer’s annual list of 10 debut novelists of 2021, Rebecca Watson’s little scratch, is dazzlingly original and reveals a young woman's every thought over the course of one deceptively ordinary day.

As the day moves on, she becomes increasingly anxious. Is she overusing the heart emoji? Isn't drinking eight glasses of water a day supposed to fix everything? Why is the etiquette of the women's bathroom so fraught? How does she define rape? And why can't she stop scratching?

Fiercely moving and slyly profound, little scratch is a defiantly playful look at how our minds function in - and survive - the darkest moments.

The book's unconventional strategy fell away as I read; I cared about the narrator as one does a well-drawn character. She scratches at her skin throughout the book, and eventually I felt it.” The New Republic

Please note: Darley Abbey Village Hall is located off New Road which is a one way system accessed from Darley Street at the bottom of the village. There is a car park adjacent to the park on Darley Street and a smaller car park at the Village Hall (park to the left and not to the right as this is for the Stables' business use).

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