Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery

Bristol, 20 May 2015

There was a splendid turnout on Wednesday 20 May 2015 when, assisted by author and reviewer Debbie Young and Lucienne’s husband Gerard, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery was launched at Foyles Bookstore, Bristol. Also present to help things go with a swing was 10Radio’s Suzie Grogan, author and presenter of Talking Books, who recorded the event for the show. (Broadcast on 5 June 2015.)

The evening started with Gerard Boyce’s reading from one of the main inspirations for the novel: John Clare’s poem The Mores, which movingly describes the effect of enclosures on the rural population.

After the poetry, Debbie Young asked Lucienne questions about the book. The discussion ranged over the impact of enclosures and why they are still relevant, the importance of place in Lucienne’s work, and why a feminist has chosen to write a book about a male protagonist who is, as Debbie put it, “a rugged boxer – albeit one who underneath the power of his fists has a more sensitive and caring nature than one might first expect!”

The interview was followed by Lucienne and Gerard reading from Bloodie Bones.

After taking questions from the audience, Lucienne signed copies of Bloodie Bones.

Photography by Rebecca Millar Photography.

With thanks to the staff of Foyles Bookshop, Bristol.

And special thanks to all the people who came along to make it such a memorable evening!