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Dialogue Book Lounge: 2022 Previews

Dialogue Book Lounge: 2022 Previews

Join three Dialogue authors, Juno Roche, Chantal Johnson, and Angela Chadwick as they talk about their upcoming releases, in conversation with Cat White.

This event is now available to watch on demand until 17th Januuary 2022. It is FREE to watch, simply enter your name and email address below and you will be sent joining instructions on how to view the event.

In collaboration with Sevenoaks Bookshop, as part of the Dialogue Book Lounge series, you can pre-order copies of Ungrateful, A Working Class Family and Post-Traumatic now. 

Click here to pre-order your copies through Sevenoaks Bookshop. 

In Angela Chadwick’s Ungrateful we meet Cat, a young woman struggling to care for her alcoholic mother, whisked her away from her council estate home by James and offered her a taste of middle-class comfort. But twenty years later, the escape he offered has begun to feel stifling and Cat wishes she had made more of her life. One day, Cat finds herself standing before her boyfriend of teenage years, Daniel. As the spark that drew them together returns, Cat hopes that he can in some way help her reconnect with the drive and optimism of her younger self. Or is she simply hurtling back towards a past that can only hurt her further?

Juno Roche’s A Working Class Family Ages Badly is a gripping and emotional memoir about love, life and chosen family between two pandemics. Born in Peckham in the 1960s, Juno grew up in a working-class family who dabbled in minor criminality. The only one of their siblings to go to university, shortly after beginning their course at Brighton they were diagnosed with HIV, then a death sentence. Juno takes us through their life with moments both tragic and uplifting: their mum sending Christmas cards containing Valium, drug withdrawal on a River Nile cruise, overcoming their father's violence and finding their dream house in Spain. Showing immense resilience, Juno's memoir is a book about what it means to stay alive.

Post-Traumatic is Chantal Johnson’s debut novel – a new kind of survivor narrative, featuring a complex heroine who is blazingly, indelibly alive. To the outside observer, Vivian is a success story—a dedicated lawyer who advocates for mentally ill patients at a New York City psychiatric hospital. Privately, Vivian contends with the memories and aftereffects of her bad childhood—compounded by the everyday stresses of being a Black Latinx woman in America.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about three stunning new books, for a fascinating conversation about writing, story-telling, and living.