Seven Echoes, produced by Nottingham writers’ group Tell Tale Writers, was launched at Waterstones in Nottingham on Sunday 2 March from 2pm to 4pm. 180 people attended the launch and Seven Echoes was Nottingham Waterstones no 1 bestseller for the week, outselling JK Rowling and Kate Atkinson! So far it has raised approximately £1400 for the charity.
When they purchase the book, readers will get a taste of life as a teenager amid the bombs and barricades of 1970’s Belfast, meet a foul-mouthed Welsh parrot and enter the world of a man released into ‘the community’ after 56 years in a psychiatric hospital.
Tell Tale Writers founder member Anne Murphy, of Gedling, says:
‘My father suffered from Alzheimer’s for years before he died and other group members have lost a parent to the disease, so we chose to sell the book to help dementia sufferers. Also, memory is a theme which inspired several of the pieces in the anthology.’
In her introduction to the book, Notts author and poet Karen Buckley says:
‘The past seems close to the surface in this engaging selection of sharply observed, well-crafted narratives.
Seven echoes is an apt title for a collection in which the past calls out to characters and to the reader. The past is not always a better place, it can hide secrets and darkly deceive.’
There are still some books left so if anyone wants to buy one they are still at Waterstones and at the bookshop in Lowdham, should anyone be heading there.