The launch party for Safe House, by Douglas writer Chris Ewan, will coincide with the book’s official UK publication and will be hosted by the Henry Bloom Noble Library.
Chris said: ‘Safe House is set in the Isle of Man, it was written in the Isle of Man, and it’s a thriller that I hope will appeal to all kinds of readers in the Isle of Man and beyond.
‘The book has attracted some terrific pre-publication buzz – it’s being published as Faber and Faber’s lead summer crime title – and I can’t think of a more fitting way to mark its publication than a party hosted by the talented team at the Henry Bloom Noble Library, Douglas, who have been such great supporters of my novels. Come along and join the celebration. It’ll be a blast.’
Borough librarian Jan Macartney added: ‘Safe House has been chosen as one of the independent booksellers’ choice for August in the Bookseller magazine. Also on the list are bestselling authors Peter Robinson, Mark Billingham and Ian McEwan so Chris is in good company!’
Tickets for the launch are available from the ground floor counter of the library, at 10 Victoria Street, Douglas, and cost £5. They include complimentary refreshments and a live performance by musician Matt Creer.
The following day, Chris will talk about Safe House at a special event for the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind. He said: ‘I’m delighted to help raise funds and awareness for the vital work of the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind and the Manx Blind Welfare Society.’
The 35-year-old’s previous novels include the four acclaimed Good Thief’s Guide titles, all of which were short listed for CrimeFest’s annual Last Laugh Award. Last year he was voted one of America’s favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll, and The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 10 countries.
An Evening with Chris Ewan starts at 8pm on August 3 at Corrin Court, the headquarters of the Manx Blind Welfare Society, in Heywood Avenue in Onchan. Tickets, £10, are available on 674727. The ticket price includes wine and canapés.