Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Monday 26 September 2022

Sell Us the Rope – Stephen May

Event Details


Date: 29/04/2022 | Venue: The Black Buoy
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


‘Sell Us the Rope’ is a blackly comic tale of political intrigue with revealing insights into of the early political and personal life of Josef Stalin. Stephen will be talking about his inspiration for the novel, taking questions and signing books at the dinner event this Friday. (online bookings now closed)


Sell Us the Rope - Stephen May


The Wivenhoe Bookshop are hosting a literary supper at the Black Buoy, Wivenhoe with award-winning writer Stephen May, author of ‘Sell Us the Rope’. The event takes place from 7pm on Friday 29th April.

Review comments:

‘A deeply satisfying novel. Incisive, inventive, and frequently very funny.’ – The Guardian
‘Fascinating and immersive’ – Benjamin Myers

About ‘Sell Us the Rope’

London, 1907, and a radical Russian shoemaker’s son from Georgia attends the 5th Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. This superb historical novel skilfully re-imagines the weeks the young revolutionary Stalin spent at the conference of Russian Communists with a supporting cast including Lenin, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, and the Czar’s secret police. He battles to keep the party radical, and risks everything in a complicated, dangerous, relationship with fiery Finnish activist Elli Vuokko.

‘Sell Us the Rope’ is a blackly comic tale of political intrigue with revealing insights into of the early life of the tyrant who later masterminded the most brutal, bloody campaign of repression in the history of Russia.

Stephen will be talking about his inspiration for the novel, taking questions and signing books.

Menu

Menu
29th April 2022


Mains

Duck Breast with Redcurrant and Port Sauce, garlic roast new potatoes and griddled asparagus

Pan-fried Sea Bass with wild garlic pesto, sauteed new potatoes and griddled asparagus

Musgroom Ragu with Tagliatelle and dressed rocket


Puds

Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Pie with Ice Cream

Belgian Chocolate Cheescake with fruit compote and double cream

Black Buoy Cheeseboard: Cheddar, goats cheese, Stilton and Brie, selection of biscuits, grapes, apple and tomato chutney


Drinks

Glass of white/red wine or a soft drink


(bookings not activated for this event)