What Doesn't Kill Us - Event with Ajay Close - Wednesday 22nd May 2024

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We're delighted to be partnering with Women in Journalism Scotland to host Ajay Close in conversation with Anna Burnside about What Doesn't Kill Us.

Buy a copy of What Doesn't Kill Us and receive a free ticket to the event.

Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm.

Golden Hare Books, 68 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AQ.

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About What Doesn't Kill Us

A killer stalks the streets of Leeds. Every man is a suspect.

Every woman is at risk. But in a house on Cleopatra Street, women are fighting back. It’s the eve of the 1980s.

PC Liz Seeley joins the squad investigating the murders. With a violent boyfriend at home and male chauvinist pigs at work, she is drawn to a feminist collective led by the militant and uncompromising Rowena. There she meets Charmaine – young, Black, artistic, and fighting discrimination on two fronts.

As the list of victims grows and police fail to catch the killer, women across the north are too terrified to go out after dark. To the feminists, the Butcher is a symptom of wider misogyny. Their anger finds an outlet in violence and Liz is torn between loyalty to them and her duty as a police officer.

Which way will she jump? Ajay Close combines the tension of a police procedural with the power and passion of the women’s lib movement. By turns emotional, action-packed and darkly funny, What Doesn’t Kill Us reveals just how much the world has changed since the 1970s – and how much it hasn’t.

About Ajay Close

Ajay's first career as an award-winning journalist was followed by writer in residences in Renfrewshire and Perth and Kinross. She now works as a novelist, dramatist, and creative-writing tutor. Two of her five novels have been long-listed for major prizes. Recurring themes in her work include: feminism, politics, troubled family relationships, narcissism, victimhood and its ambiguities.