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Amy Arnold and Kirsty Gunn in conversation

14 June 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm


Due to a water leak in our building, we have unexpectedly and urgently had to close our basement today which sadly leaves us without a space to host the launch of LORI & JOE this evening.

However, in celebration of the warm weather the launch will now be held al fresco at Clapton Square (a small park 2 minutes walk from the bookshop). MAP

There will be blankets to sit on plus wine and nibbles, as well as plenty more space than the shop offers so please feel free to bring friends along with you.

Since the event will no longer be hosted by the shop, we will be issuing refunds shortly to everyone that has booked. Attendance of the revised launch will be free to all, and we really hope you can still make it.

If you require any last minute assistance with finding the group or any other details, please feel free to text Jess from Prototype on 07870 646488.

Apologies for the very last minute change of plans, and we hope you can still join to celebrate the launch of LORI & JO from 7 🙂

Lori & Joe

Amy Arnold

LORI & JOE is the highly anticipated second novel from the Goldsmiths-shortlisted author and winner of the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Amy Arnold.

Lori and Joe have lived in the Lake District for many years, in a quiet valley where one day ismuch like another. Bringing Joe his regular cup of coffee one morning, 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.

Arnold’s musical prose merges form and content to express what cannot be communicated through language alone. Taking place over the course of a single day, yet revealing the secrets of a marriage of many decades, LORI & JOE is a sparse, intimate and deeply moving story of entrapment and isolation, and of a life in which desire is continually overcome by inertia: nothing changes and nothing is ever (re)solved.

Amy Arnold lives in Cumbria. She has degrees in Music and Psychology, and studied postgraduate Neuropsychology at Birmingham University. She’s worked as a university lecturer, teacher and swede packer. Her debut novel, Slip of a Fish, won the 2018 Northern Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize. LORI & JOE, her second novel, is published by Prototype.


Kirsty Gunn is the author of nine works of fiction including, most recently, Caroline’s Bikini, along with a forthcoming collection of short stories and an edition of selected letters of the short story writer Katherine Mansfield. Her work has been translated in over twelve countries, made into films, dance and radio productions and is the recipient of a number of international awards and prizes. She is Research Professor at the University of Dundee, Associate Member of Merton College, Oxford and Royal Literary Fellow at Brasenose College, also Oxford.


To ensure there is space for you at the event, we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance via Eventbrite. All ticket types offer general admission and unreserved seating.

Solidarity: Paying a little extra helps to fund our concessionary tickets (£8)

Standard: Our standard ticket rate (£6)

Concession: For those on a low income (£4)


The event will be held in the shop’s basement, which sadly due to the architectural limitations of the building is without wheelchair access. The space is accessed via stairs with a handrail on the left side.

The event will be amplified by a PA system to ensure all speakers are audible, and will be recorded and made available as a podcast at a later date.

A gender neutral toilet is available on the shop’s ground floor, which is upstairs from the event space.


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