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An evening with Kaliane Bradley

20 May @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are delighted to welcome debut novelist, Kaliane Bradley to West Kirby to celebrate the publication of her book, THE MINISTRY OF TIME.

We are very, very excited to welcome Kaliane Bradley to West Kirby for the Merseyside launch of her astounding debut novel, THE MINISTRY OF TIME.

Join us on Monday 20th May, 7pm when Kaliane will be chatting to author and dear friend of the shop, Alice Slater, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of THE MINISTRY OF TIME.

About THE MINISTRY OF TIME:

‘Fast moving and riotously entertaining, a genre-busting blend of wit and wonder’ — 10 best new novelists for 2024, Observer

A 2024 literary highlight in the Sunday Times, BBC, Grazia, Dazed, Sunday Express, GQ, i-D, Stylist, Bookseller and Literary Friction

‘Outrageously brilliant’
ELEANOR CATTON, author of Birnam Wood

‘Make room on your bookshelves for a new classic’
MAX PORTER, author of Shy

‘Thought-provoking and horribly clever – but it also made me laugh out loud’
ALICE WINN, author of In Memoriam

‘Funny, moving, original, intelligent, beautifully written and with a thunderous plot’
NATHAN FILER, author of The Shock of the Fall

‘As electric, charming, whimsical and strange as its ripped-from-history cast’
EMILY HENRY, author of Happy Place

‘Clever, witty and thought-provoking’
KATE MOSSE, author of The Ghost Ship

‘A feast of a novel – singular, alarming and (above all) incredibly sexy’
JULIA ARMFIELD, author of Our Wives Under the Sea

‘A weird, kind, clever, heartsick little time bomb of a book’
FRANCIS SPUFFORD, author of Golden Hill

‘You’ll want to fall in love with these characters over and over again’
DIANA REID, author of Love & Virtue

A BOY MEETS A GIRL. THE PAST MEETS THE FUTURE. A FINGER MEETS A TRIGGER. THE BEGINNING MEETS THE END. ENGLAND IS FOREVER. ENGLAND MUST FALL.

In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering ‘expats’ from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

Her role is to work as a ‘bridge’: living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as ‘1847’ – Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as ‘washing machine’, ‘Spotify’ and ‘the collapse of the British Empire’. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?

About KALIANE BRADLEY:

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, Catapult, Somesuch Stories and The Willowherb Review,among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. THE MINISTRY OF TIME is her first novel.

Tickets are £18.99 inc. a copy of the book, exclusive THE MINISTRY OF TIME merchandise and a complimentary themed drink. Tickets are non-refundable but if you can’t make it to the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of the book please let us know via email, hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com

This event is being held at The West Kirby Bookshop, 6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA.

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6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA
West Kirby, CH48 4HA GB
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