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Press Release: Unscripted author, BritLit podcaster embarks on UK book tour

BritLit Podcaster Claire Handscombe Embarks On UK Tour To Launch Debut Novel UNSCRIPTED


London, United Kingdom, 4thApril 2019: Claire Handscombe, British author, now living in Washington DC, and host of the BritLit Podcast, today commences a tour of places that hold a special place in her heart to celebrate the launch of her debut novel UNSCRIPTED. Currently living in Washington DC, Claire has chosen to return to the UK to officially launch her novel, published by Unbound, starting with a guest-list onlyparty at private members bar, LIBRARY, on St Martin's Lane for friends and family this evening (Thursday 4thApril).


As part of the tour, Claire will be hosting parties, events and signings in London (where she spent many years living and working) Norwich (close to where she lived as a child) and Cambridge (where she attended university).


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Tour schedule


Thursday 4thApril - Private Book Launch Party

Guest list only cocktails and author Q&A (small number of press passes available)

LIBRARY, London, 6:30-10pm


Tuesday 9thApril - Claire Handscombe in conversation with Laura Mucha

Free tickets but must be booked in advance:

Waterstone's Covent Garden, 6:30-7:30pm


Friday 12thApril - Meet The Author - Signing

Free attendance, pop in to say hello and meet the author

WHSmith Cambridge, 14-15 Market St, Cambridge CB2 3PE, 1-3pm


Saturday 13thApril - Meet The Author - Signing

Free attendance, pop in to say hello and meet the author

WHSmith Norwich, 27-29 Gentlemans Walk, Norwich, NR2 1NA, 10am-Midday


Saturday 13thApril - Meet The Author - Signing

Free attendance, pop in to say hello and meet the author

Waterstones Norwich, 17-19 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR2 1PB, 1-3pm




Nobody is a bigger fan of actor Thomas Cassidy than Libby. Nobody. That's why she's totally going to marry him.


She is going to write a novel, name the main character after Thom, and find a way to get it to him. Intrigued and flattered, he will read it, fall in love with her prose, write to her and ask to turn it into a movie. She will pretend to think about it for a week or so, then say, sure, but can I work on it with you? Their eyes will meet over the script, and fade to black.


It is a fail-proof plan. Except for the fact that Thom is a Hollywood star - not A list, perhaps not B list, but certainly C+ - and she is, well, not. Except for the fact that he lives in America. Except, too, for the tiny age gap. Not even twenty years! Totally overcomable.

All of the obstacles are totally overcomable. It's all about determination.



Claire Handscombe is a British writer who grew up in London, Brussels and Suffolk, and now lives in Washington, DC (since 2012), ostensibly to study for an MFA, but actually, let's be honest, because of an obsession with The West Wing.


Though she wrote prolifically as a child, she did so in French, her mother tongue. After she moved back to the UK at the age of 12, she found herself increasingly thinking in English, and with her gradual loss of French came the loss of writing as a creative outlet.


Claire remains an avid fan of The West Wing and an active member of its community of devotees. She has met any of the cast, self-published an anthology in 2016 entitled Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives, and helped organise the first ever gathering of fans of the show, The West Wing Weekend, which took place in the DC area in 2018.


To date, she has written five novels, of which Unscripted is the third, and the first to be published. She was recently longlisted for the Bath Novel Award for another. Her journalism, poetry, and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Bustle, Writing Magazine, and the Washington Post. Claire writes regularly for Book Riot, a major publishing website in the USA, and hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing.



Genre:Women's Fiction


Publication:April 4 2019

Availability:Paperback & eBook, International


Price: £10.99 paperback

£4.99 ebook

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