You are warmly invited to hear Charity Norman in conversation with Morrin Rout. The event is a celebration of ‘Remember Me’ which has been chosen as the featured title for #TogetherWeRead, a digital book club connecting readers to the same ebook at the same time with no waitlists or holds! Together we read takes place from Wednesday 27 September to Wednesday 11 October.
Bring your friends,and join us for a lively evening of conversation and storytelling.
Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years travel, she became a barrister specialising in crime and family law in the
northeast of England and witnessing human drama on every level. Also a mediator and telephone crisis line listener, she's passionate about the power of communication to slice through the knots. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to Aotearoa New Zealand. Her first novel, Freeing Grace, was published in 2010. Second Chances (2012) was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice and World Book Night title. See You in September (2017) was shortlisted for Best Crime Novel in
the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Crime Fiction. The Secrets of Strangers (2020) was shortlisted for Best International Crime Fiction at the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards and shortlisted for Best Novel at the 2021 Ngaio Awards.
Morrin Rout has spent over 25 years organising literary events and festivals and producing and presenting book programmes on national and local radio. She is the former Director of the Hagley Writers Institute and is a current member of the WORD festival trust board.
A note from Charity Norman
I’m sitting at the rickety wooden table outside my back door in Hawke’s Bay, coffee at my elbow, my tabby cat draping herself across my keyboard. Every so often I glance up at the Ruahine Range, snow-capped today, mist in the valleys, every ridge glowing under a pale winter sky.
The ranges are a familiar sight to many New Zealanders, a constant backdrop to anyone travelling along State Highway 2 towards Wellington. It’s easy to become blasé about their sheer majesty but I never have. When my children were small, we’d just emigrated from England and I was completely captivated by the landscape of our new home. Every morning we hurried – late again! - up the drive to meet the school bus at the road gate; every morning I would stop in my tracks to exclaim, ‘Guys, guys, look at the mountains!’ It became a family joke: Mum and her mountains. Well, I finally got to write about them.
A novel only comes to life when it is being read – until then, it’s just a lot of words. That’s why I’m so very excited and honoured to be a part of Together We Read. I love hearing from readers, so please feel free to get in touch. You can track me down on my author Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.
Thank you for reading Remember Me!
All the very best,