LIT-lovers shouldn’t miss the ‘Mad Girl’ in Hungerford next Thursday. Fresh from the Hay Festival, Telegraph columnist and author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Wrong Knickers, Bryony Gordon will be visiting Hungerford for an evening hosted by Arts for Hungerford and The Hungerford Bookshop. Her new book Mad Girl is a personal account of living a “happy life with a mixed-up mind” and has garnered rave reviews, with Irish novelist Marian Keyes saying: “I read this like a thriller, I was so gripped. I feel comforted by this book. Mad Girl is going to be seismic.”
As one of the UK’s most successful journalists, with a husband and two-year-old daughter, it seems as though she has a perfect life, yet inside Bryony’s head things are never as straightforward as they seem. Like millions of others in the country, sometimes she finds it a struggle to get out of bed. In Mad Girl, she tackles depression, bulimia and OCD with trademark humour, warmth and eye-watering honesty.
Emma Milne-White, of Hungerford Bookshop, says: “The book is getting fantastic reviews. It was front page of The Telegraph magazine this Saturday, and is due to be serialised in The Mail and Standard. “What’s really exciting is that her tour for June is Hay, a posh London Rooftop Reading Group event, Waterstones Piccadilly, Telegraph HQ – and us.”
Bryony Gordon will be speaking at the Town Hall at 7.30pm. The room will be set up café-style and a bar
serving drinks and nibbles opens at 7pm.
Bryony will take questions from the audience after the talk, before signing copies of her book, which will be on sale for a special price with a ticket. Tickets are price £6 online from www.artsforhungerford.com or from The Hungerford Bookshop (01488) 683480
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