Launch of Lori & Joe by Amy Arnold at Sam Read Bookseller (online), Thurs 6 April 2023, 7.30pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Lori & Joe, the highly-anticipated second novel from Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted author and winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Amy Arnold. Amy will be reading from and discussing Lori & Joewith Will Smith, a bookseller at Sam Read’s in Grasmere.

‘Arnold’s subject is the vast and quietly dangerous interior landscape of an individual life.’ – Kirsty Gunn

Lori & Joe have lived in the Lake District for many years, in a quiet valley where one day is much like another. Bringing Joe his regular cup of coffee, Lori finds him dead. She could call an ambulance, but what difference would it make? Instead she heads out for a walk over the fells. As she makes her way through the November fog, Lori’s thoughts slip between past and present, revealing a marriage marked by isolation, childlessness and a terrible secret she’s never disclosed.

Taking place over the course of a single day, yet recounting a discordant relationship of many decades, LORI & JOE is an intimate and compelling story of entrapment and loneliness, and of a life in which desire is continually overcome by inertia: nothing changes and nothing is ever (re)solved.

The event will take place virtually at 19:30 UK time on Thursday, April 6th.


£2 – event access

£12.00 – event access and a *signed * copy of Lori & Joe to collect from Sam Read

£15.00 – event access and a *signed * copy of Lori & Joe posted to you in the UK