An evening with Anna Hope and Lara Williams

Anna Hope and Lara Williams talk to Naomi Booth about their recent novels, both of which take a contemporary look at feminism and female friendships.

Blackwell's Bookshop, Manchester

Wednesday 20th November, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event


Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

Anna Hope studied at Oxford University and RADA. She is the internationally prize-winning and bestselling author of Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.

Supper Club

29-year-old Roberta has spent her whole life hungry - until the day she invents Supper Club.

Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad men and bad sex, of hinted expectations to talk less, take less, be less. So they gather after dark and feast until they are sick. They drink and dance and roar. And, month by month, their bodies expand.

At the centre of the Supper Club stands Roberta - cynical yet anxious, precocious and lost. She is seeking the answer to a simple question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?

This is a story about the hunger that never goes away. And it is a story about the people who make us what we are - who lead us astray and ultimately save us.

Lara Williams is the author of the short story collection Treats which was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Awards and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She has contributed to the Guardian, Independent, Times Literary Supplement, Vice, Dazed and others. Lara Williams lives in Manchester where she teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Supper Club is her first novel.

Venue Information

Blackwell's Bookshop
University Green
146 Oxford Road
M13 9GP
United Kingdom

About the Book


Anna Hope

Publisher:Transworld Publishers Ltd

Publication date:11 Jul 2019


4.00 out of 5
4 reviews
"intelligent and humane"
The Observer
"Sharp, Sally Rooney-style insights into female friendship"
Irish Times
"will resonate with approximately 99% of women"
"I was gripped"

Like NORMAL PEOPLE with female friendship under the microscope.' ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said/She Said'Jaw-droppingly good' SARRA MANNING'Few novels leave me genuinely breathless with their brilliance.