About this Event
Join us for a wonderful evening with bestselling author Holly Bourne, as we celebrate the paperback release of her young adult dystopia, You Could Be So Pretty.
Uglies meets The Handmaid's Tale for the new YA generation, from bestselling queen of YA Holly Bourne.
Beauty comes at a price. And girls must pay.
In Belle and Joni's world there are two options for girls:
One, follow the rules of the Doctrine like Belle: apply your Mask, work hard to be crowned at the Ceremony, be a Pretty.
Or two, fight the rules like Joni: leave your face bare, work hard to escape to the Education, be an Objectionable.
But maybe there is a third option... If Belle and Joni work together, can they destroy the rules and set themselves free?
'Holly Bourne is a vital feminist voice of our generation - a voice resolved to break the dangerous silences around sexism. Her writing peels the varnish off patriarchy, celebrates the power of female solidarity and friendship, and bears witness to both the pain and the joy of being a woman in the modern world.' - Samantha Shannon
Holly Bourne is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author. Inspired by her work with young people, and her own experiences of everyday sexism, Holly is a passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist and was was nominated for Best Print Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity – helping young people with their relationships and mental health. Inspired by what she saw, Holly started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate teenagers about feminism. When Holly turned thirty, she wrote her first adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now?, examining the intensified pressures on women once they hit that landmark.
Alongside her writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She has helped create online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs Rethink’s mental health book club.
Holly lives in London, but dreams of the day she has a garden, dog, chickens, and a bee hive.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Waterstones, 12 College Lane, Liverpool, United Kingdom
GBP 4.00 to GBP 5.00