Andrew Michael Hurley at Chorlton Book Festival

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
The Loney author Andrew Michael Hurley will be at Chorlton Book Festival.
The Loney author Andrew Michael Hurley.

Andrew Michael Hurley at Chorlton Library, Chorlton 26 November 2016 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic novel The Loney has attracted praise from Stephen King, won the 2015 Costa First Novel Award and was the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year in 2016. The author is headlining the 12th annual Chorlton Book Festival, which runs 18 to 26 November in – apparently – “Manchester’s most literary suburb”. This year’s showcase promises to be the biggest yet, with more authors, family events, open mic poetry and immersive theatre.

But back to Lancashire-based Andrew Michael Hurley. Described by The Sunday Times as a ‘masterful excursion into terror’ and by The Sunday Telegraph as an instant modern classic, his debut is is an unsettling tale of landscape and mysticism set on a desolate stretch of North West coastline known as ‘the Loney’. The story follows two brothers, one mute and the other his protector, as the boys and their parents seek help from a sacred shrine. Listen to Andrew read from his spine-tingling book and find out why no one in it ever goes near the water – “No one apart from us, that is” – and what secret the family hopes will stay hidden for ever.

A former teacher and librarian in Preston, Andrew is a graduate of Manchester Writing School’s Masters programme and recently returned to Man Met to embark on a lectureship in Creative Writing. As well as his novel on Hodder & Stoughton, he has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press, Cages and Other Stories and The Unusual Death of Julie Christie and Other Stories. Expect a thrilling, chilling evening.

PLEASE NOTE: change of venue – this event will now take place at Chorlton Central Church at the crossroads of Barlow Moor Road and Edge Lane/Sandy Lane.


Andrew Michael Hurley at Chorlton Library, Chorlton 26 November 2016 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

Where to go near Andrew Michael Hurley at Chorlton Book Festival

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Into The Woods Chorlton

Delightful cafe, bar and restaurant in the heart of Chorlton. Wonderfully welcoming with a great range of food and drinks for all ages.

Chorlton Bookshop

A family-run bookshop in Manchester’s bohemian suburb, Chorlton Bookshop is a haven of great titles and unknown gems.

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Barbecue Coffee Manchester

Popular artisan café, Barbecue is located in the heart of Chorlton, the South Manchester suburb that is home to one of the city’s most vibrant artistic communities.

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Horse and Jockey Chorlton

The Horse and Jockey is a popular gastro pub located on Chorlton Green, at the end of Beech Road, a beautiful building and a Chorlton landmark.

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A cocktail bar in Chorlton, South Manchester. If you like your drinks exotic and boozy, look no further.

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Mish Mash

Cocktails and craft beer along side a menu of British food ‘with a twist’. Mish Mash is currently closed for a refurb.

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The Beagle

Helmed by the people behind Common and Port Street Beer House, The Beagle is one of the most popular bars in Chorlton.

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