Join award winning author and journalist Lars Mytting as he talks about his new book The Bell in the Lake, the first in a rich historical trilogy that draws on Norwegian legend.

Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.

Talented architecture student Gerhard Schoenauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schoenauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.

Then the bells begin to toll . . .

Lars Mytting is the author of Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way which was international bestseller and was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016 at the Bookseller Industry Awards. His fictional debut novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, also received the Norwegian National Booksellers’ Award and has been optioned for film. Following the success of both these books Lars Mytting has become a household name in both the UK and his native Norway, we’re delighted to welcome him to Oswestry!

Tickets: £6 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Bell in the Lake). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)