Gay's the Word bookshop present The Black Path, the eagerly anticipated new novel by Paul Burston, recently longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize. A free book event at Gay's The Word bookshop.
"Deliciosuly creepy and surprisingly emotional, Burston has played a blinder with his first crime novel" - Alex Marwood
"Completely gripping and unsettling” - Jonathan Harvey
“The Black Path twists and turns, and introduces crime fans to an exciting new talent" - Sarah Hilary
“An intense, beautifully calibrated thriller by a writer at the height of his creative powers'”- Huffington Post
A free book event. Just show up. No need to RSVP. Complimentary refreshments provided.
A dark tale of love and lies, obsession and betrayal...
How well do you really know those closest to you?
Helen has been holding out for a hero all her life.
Her father was a hero – but he was murdered when she was ten.
Her husband is a hero – but he’s thousands of miles away, fighting a war people say will never be won.
Sometimes Helen wonders if Owen isn’t the only one living in a war zone. She feels the violence all around her. She reads about it in the papers. It feeds her dreams and fills her days with a sense of dread. Try as she might, she can’t escape the feeling that something terrible is about to happen.
Then one night on the troubled streets of her home town, Helen is rescued from a fight by a woman who will change her life forever. Siân is everything Helen isn’t – confident, glamorous, fearless. But there’s something else about her – a connection that cements their friendship and makes Helen question everything she’s ever known.
And when her husband returns home, altered in a way she can’t understand, she is forced to draw on an inner strength she never knew she had.
As bitter truths are uncovered, Helen must finally face her fears and the one place which has haunted her since childhood – the Black Path. Published by Accent Press
About the Author
Paul Burston is the bestselling author of Shameless, Lovers and Losers and Star People, as well as editor of several short story collections and non-fiction about the UK gay scene. He was gay correspondent for Time Out for many years and is the founder and host of the Polari LGBT Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre.
(Please note that this event was previously scheduled for 4pm on Sunday 11th of September at The New Bloomsbury Set bar. Due to circumstances affecting Gay's the Word, that event is now cancelled and this one is taking its place.)