Online Author Talks

South West
Event date/time
23 April, 2:00pm
Event location

Online, organised by:

Crediton Library
Belle Parade
EX17 2AA


Crediton Library is proud to host an afternoon of author talks, delivered online via Zoom, with three popular writers as part of the celebrations for this year’s World Book Night. All of the authors will chat about their latest and other works, give a flavour of the books, and then take questions from the online audience. This event covers a mix of genres. The line-up with session times is as follows:

2pm: LOUISE FEIN – Historical Fiction

Louise writes twentieth century historical fiction, based around unheard voices, or from unusual perspectives. Her debut novel, People Like Us (entitled Daughter of the Reich in the US/Canada edition) was first published in 2020 into 13 territories and is set in 1930’s Leipzig. The book was shortlisted for the RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2021 and the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award, 2021. Louise’s second novel, The Hidden Child, was published in hardback, ebook and audio in the UK in September 2021 and the US and Canada in October 2021 and will follow in other territories soon. It will be out in paperback in the UK on 12th May 2022. This book is centred around the eugenics movement in 1920’s England and America. It is a Globe & Mail bestseller in Canada.

Louise, previously a lawyer and banker, holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University and now writes full time. Equally passionate about historical research and writing, she loves to look for themes which have resonance with today’s world. Louise lives in the Surrey countryside with her family, and is a slave to the daily demands of her pets. She is currently working on her third novel.

3pm: GABRIELLA BRAUN – Non-fiction

Gabriella’s debut book All That We Are: Uncovering the Hidden Truths Behind our Behaviour at Work, was published in hardback, ebook and audible on 3 February 2022. A Guardian Bookshop One to Watch and FT Business Book for February, it has attracted reviews and interviews from publications as diverse as the FT and Marie Claire magazine.

Try as we might, we cannot leave part of ourselves under the pillow with our pyjamas when we go to work. We bring all that we are.

In this collection of stories, Gabriella shares insights from over twenty years of taking psychoanalysis out of the therapy room and into the staff room. She shows us why a board loses the plot, nearly causes their company to collapse, and how they come through. We see the connection between a headteacher’s professional and personal loss. We understand seemingly unfathomable behaviour – why a man lets his organisation push him around, a lawyer becomes paranoid, a team repeatedly creates scapegoats and founders of a literary agency feud. Gabriella also uses memoir to illuminate the themes.

At this critical juncture in our workplaces and working lives, All That We Are shows that by taking human nature seriously, we can build more humane organisations where people and their work can thrive.

Gabriella is the Director of Working Well, a specialist consultancy firm using psychoanalytic and systemic thinking to help leaders and teams understand the hidden truths of their behaviour at work. She has consulted to hundreds of clients including the British Library, RADA, Tate, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London. She holds a master’s degree in Consulting to Organisations: Psychoanalytic Approaches from the Tavistock Clinic; and was a Principal Consultant in the Tavistock Consultancy Service.

Alongside her consultancy practice, Gabriella is now working on a novel.

4pm: VICTORIA SCOTT – Bookclub fiction

Victoria Scott has been a journalist for longer than she wants to acknowledge, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out and the Telegraph.

She lives on a Thames island with her husband and two children and a cat called Alice, and when she’s not writing she’s a university lecturer, freelance journalist and copywriter.

Victoria Scott’s first novel, Patience, was the Booksellers Association Book of the Month and LoveReading Debut of the Month.

Her second novel, Grace, will be published in hardback by Head of Zeus on July 7th.