Dark Societies: An Evening with Louise Welsh, Matthew Blakstad & M.R. Carey

Waterstones Piccadilly and the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club invites you to an evening full of plagues and near future dystopian nightmares with two very exciting authors as our guide.

Join Louise Welsh (No Dominion) and Matthew Blakstad (Lucky Ghost) as they take you on this journey on Wesdnesday 26th July at 7.00pm. Be sure to hold on tight…

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Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email events.piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

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No Dominion

It is seven years since the Sweats wiped out most of the world’s population. But for those who survived the outbreak life has gone on.

Stevie Flint and Magnus McFall are now part of a small community on the Orkney Islands, without mobile phones or TV, without antibiotics or fuel, but who are trying to rebuild the rudiments of democratic civilisation.

When three strangers arrive on the islands, however, they upset the fragile community, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface. Realising that a number of the islands’ young are missing, Stevie and Magnus set off on a journey to the mainland to get them back – a mainland swarming with outlaw gangs, and where self-appointed autocrats and religious fanatics hold sway…

Thrilling and breathless, No Dominion asks what happens when the scaffolding of civilisation collapses, and how far we’d go to preserve our humanity.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Louise Welsh is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow

Lucky Ghost

Early one Monday morning, much like today, journalist Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.
He thanks her.

They’ve both just earned Emoticoins in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoins are changing the face of the global economy – but someone or something seems to be controlling the game for their own, nefarious purposes.

As Alex begins to pick apart the tangled threads that are holding the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. With the world economy teetering on the brink of collapse, it seems there’s only one person who might have the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the mysterious name ‘Lucky Ghost.’

But who is Lucky Ghost… and can they really be trusted? And what do they want?

Matthew Blakstad’s first career was as a professional child actor. From the age of ten, he
had roles on TV, film and on stage. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in
Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications. Since 2008,
he has been in public service, helping people understand money. Matthew is a graduate
of the Writing a Novel course at Faber Academy.

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