A Bad Winter. Samantha Priestley’s Second Novel To Be Published by Armley Press

A Bad Winter, Samantha Priestley’s second novel for Armley Press, is a supernatural tale set among the wintry hills of Derbyshire, where a crime of passion sends reverberations down through the ages. The story flits back and forth across 300 years and explores loyalty, betrayal, guilt, murder, faith and vengeance, centring on a rural community’s search for a missing girl and a quest for justice. But what seems like a spiced up local legend has eerie echoes for a 21st century visitor and her married lover as she tussles with feelings of jealousy and covetousness.

With an ensemble cast of characters and literary resonances of Wuthering Heights and D.H. Lawrence, A Bad Winter is an intimate tale that touches on the big questions of life and death.

You are invited to the book’s launch on 21 September at the Rutland Arms, Brown Street, Sheffield, S1, at 7.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.

Praise for Samantha Priestley:

“Taut, lyrical, effective. Not a word wasted.” Tessa Hadley (author, The Past)
“Moving, powerful and thought provoking.” Somerset County Gazette
“A dramatic writer of immense talent.” Crimesquad.com

At the age of 9, Samantha Priestley won a school prize for a story about a girl who wakes up as a butterfly. Since then she has gone on to win both the H.E. Bates Prize and the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre Prize and has been shortlisted for too many others to name. Her other books include Reliability of Rope and Orange Balloon. She lives in Sheffield.

 

 

 

 

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Fiona is the Festival's Coordinator, helping to bring the whole festival together.

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