Northshire Bookstore to Welcome Author John Lawton
Author John Lawton comes to the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, to present his novel ‘The Unfortunate Englishman.’ Having shot someone in what he believed was self-defense in the chaos of 1963 Berlin, Lawton’s protagonist Joe Wilderness finds himself locked up with little chance of escape. An official pardon through his father-in-law, a senior agent at MI6, means he is free to go – albeit forever in his service. His newest operation takes him back to Berlin, now the dividing line between the West and the Soviets. A backstory of innocence and intrigue unravels. When the Russians started building the Berlin wall in 1961, two unfortunate Englishmen are trapped on opposite sides. ‘The Unfortunate Englishman’ is a thrilling tale of Khrushchev, Kennedy, a spy exchange and ten thousand bottles of fine Bordeaux. What can possibly go wrong? Lawton worked for Channel 4 for many years. He has written seven novels in his Troy series, two Joe Wilderness novels, the standalone ‘Sweet Sunday,’ a couple of short stories, and the occasional essay. He writes very slowly and almost entirely on the hoof in the USA or Italy, but professes to be a resident of a tiny village in the Derbyshire Peak District. For information, call 802-362-2200 or visit northshire.com. Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center. Photo by Nick Lockett.