An Evening with Salley Vickers

The new novel from Salley Vickers, 'Grandmothers' is the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation.

Topping and Company Bookshop, Edinburgh

Tuesday 3rd December, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Fiercely independent Nan, who leads a secret life as an award-winning poet when she is not teaching her grandson Billy how to lie; glamorous Blanche, deprived of the company of her beloved granddaughter Kitty by her hostile daughter-in-law, who finds solace in rebelliously taking to drink and shop lifting; and shy, bookish Minna who in the safety of shepherd’s hut shares with her surrogate granddaughter Rose her passion for reading. The outlook of all three women subtly alters when through their encounters with each other they discover that the past is always with us and that we go on learning and changing until the very end.

Grandmothers is a beautifully observed, sometimes subversive, often tender and elegiac novel, and it is a joy to welcome Salley to Edinburgh to tell us about it.

‘Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand. She’s a presence worth cherishing in the ranks of modern novelists.’ -Philip Pullman

Venue Information

Topping and Company Bookshop
2 Blenheim Place
United Kingdom

About the Book


Salley Vickers

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:7 Nov 2019


3.30 out of 5
5 reviews
"a tonic for the culturally ignored family member"
The Sunday Times
"This moving novel celebrates the bonds between generations"
The Times
"moving, funny and poignant"
Literary Review
"As with her previous novels, Vickers has a keen ear for dialogue and there are moments of wry humour"
The Observer
"Grandmothers makes for absorbing, undemanding reading"
Financial Times