An evening with Hester Musson

An evening with Hester Musson

An evening with Hester Musson

  • Jan 26, 2024, 7:00 pm
  • Rare Birds Book Shop
Regular price £5.00

We're so excited to welcome Hester Musson to store to discuss her novel The Beholders. 

Tickets are £5 and can be redeemed against any purchase on the evening of the event. 

About the book

June, 1878. The body of a boy is pulled from the depths of the River Thames,
suspected to be the beloved missing child of the widely admired Liberal MP
Ralph Gethin.

Four months earlier. Harriet is a young maid newly employed at Finton Hall.
Fleeing the drudgery of an unwanted engagement in the small village where
she grew up, Harriet is entranced by the grand country hall; she is entranced
too by her glamorous mistress Clara Gethin, whose unearthly singing voice
floats through the house. But Clara, though captivating, is erratic. The master
of the house is a much-lauded politician, but he is strangely absent. And some
of their beautiful belongings seem to tell terrible stories.

Unable to ignore her growing unease, Harriet sets out to discover their
secrets. When she uncovers a shocking truth, a chain of events is set in
motion that could cost Harriet everything, even her freedom…

About the author 

HESTER MUSSON was born in 1977 and grew up in Leicestershire. She studied English Literature at Bristol University and has a Masters in drama from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. While pursuing an acting career, her day jobs included working in TV as a freelance autocue operator. She currently writes for Art Fund, the national charity for art, and its magazine Art Quarterly, and blogs for a nature conservation and rewilding organisation in Devon.

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