Farsley independent bookstore, Truman Books, is hosting the launch event for the debut novel by Yorkshire businesswoman Ros Jones.
Coming-of-age-novel When I Was A Girl is set in 1960s Britain and follows a family’s experience of abuse, rivalry and isolation, alongside themes of survival and forgiveness.
The event will be an opportunity to find out about Ros’ journey to becoming a published author, the inspiration for the novel and hear excerpts from the book.
Amanda Truman, owner of Truman Books said:
“We love hosting events at the store and seeing people get such joy out of books and discovering new titles and authors. It’s great we can support talent like Ros and look forward to a lovely evening.”
After a corporate career in London, Ros uprooted to move to her beloved North Yorkshire coast and became a business and leadership coach.
Ros never pursued her childhood dream of becoming a writer until the pandemic hit and like many people, this challenging time inspired Ros to fulfil her lifelong desire to put pen to paper. She added:
“I am a believer of thinking big and have many times encouraged my clients to think about their ultimate dreams and goals.
“Like many during the pandemic I had more time to think about my own aims and dreams. I’d made a promise to my sister and mother before they sadly passed away from cancer several years ago that I would write a book having always said I’d love to be an author.
“I’ve now fulfilled that promise and proof that you’re never too old to write off those dreams you had as a child. I absolutely love spending time in independent bookstores and to be hosting my first author read at Truman’s is a dream come true!”
The free event is on Thursday, 19 May from 6.30pm-8.30pm, with attendees greeted with welcome fizz, refreshments, and signed copies of the novel available to purchase. Tickets can be booked via the book store’s website trumanbooks.co.uk.
The book is published by Fisher King.