Join us for an evening with Costa Award winning author Jess Kidd as she talks about her new novel The Night Ship, an imaginative historical epic of shipwreck, mutiny, fate and friendship.

1629. Embarking on a journey in search of her father, a young girl called Mayken boards the Batavia, the most impressive sea vessel of the age. During the long voyage, this curious and resourceful child must find her place in the ship’s busy world, and she soon uncovers shadowy secrets above and below deck. As tensions spiral, the fate of the ship and all on board becomes increasingly uncertain.

1989. Gil, a boy mourning the death of his mother, is placed in the care of his irritable and reclusive grandfather. Their home is a shack on a tiny fishing island off the Australian coast, notable only for its reefs and wrecked boats. This is no place for a teenager struggling with a dark past and Gil’s actions soon get him noticed by the wrong people.

The Night Ship is an enthralling tale of human cruelty, fate and friendship, and of two children, hundreds of years apart, whose fates are inextricably bound together.

Jess Kidd is the author of Himself, The Hoarder and Things in Jars. She won the Costa Short Story Award in 2017, and in 2020 was picked by The Times as one of the best emerging Irish writers. The Night Ship is publisher Canongate’s Lead Fiction Title for 2022. We’re delighted to welcome Jess back to Booka for this breathtaking new book.

Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Night Ship) or £17 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Night Ship). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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