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Preview: The Loney

The Loney at Central Library

This autumn will begin like no other as writer Andrew Michael Hurley launches his thrilling debut novel- The Loney. As exciting as the story’s plot, a unique opportunity has arisen for reading enthusiasts to attend an exclusive evening with the author, quizzing his intentions in writing the book and the influences which induced its creation. As well as this, audiences will be allowed into the world of the story, set on the North-West coast of England, as Hurley reads his most favoured extracts. Set close to home, this debut novel by Lancashire-based author Hurley should indeed draw readers to the edge of their seats, its elusive plot revealing itself epically throughout the story.

The blurb of the book promises a tide of tension that cannot be missed.

“If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is. I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget . . .”

Amongst a strait of positive views following release, The Sunday Telegraph said: ‘Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both’.

The king of horror writing, Stephen King, couldn’t praise the book highly enough, commenting: ‘The Lonely is not just good, it’s great. It’s an amazing piece of fiction.’ As well as these brilliant reviews, Hurley’s book also made a special feature on The Guardian’s ‘Not the booker’ long list. The book launch will be a great opportunity for any horror fans to get a first-hand preview of what is set to be a masterpiece.

Guests should prepare to be enthralled by a tale which appears to have taken its genre by storm so far. Andrew Michael Hurley is now teaching English Literature as well as creative writing and has previously published two collections of short stories; his debut novel is his most recent achievement.

The event takes place at Blackpool Central Library from 6.30pm on 10 September. Tickets can be purchased for only £3, this price covering both entry and refreshments. Visit the Wordpool website to book your tickets now.

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