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POSITIVE INITIATIVE: Bestselling author teams up with Watford Borough Council to launch campaign

 Published on: 9th June 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

As part of the Watford Together initiative, which aims to bring the community together in these difficult times, Watford Borough Council is launching a new campaign called One Town, One Book.

The council has teamed up with Sunday Times bestselling author and former Watford resident Katharine McMahon to unite the town through our love of reading.

The book chosen for One Town, One Book is McMahon’s latest novel, The Hour of Separation published by W&N. 

Set in Watford, and a fictional farm in Belgium during two world wars, it is a tale of human endurance, heroism and love, resonating powerfully with the challenges we are facing right now.     

Author Katharine McMahon, who lived in the town for over 30 years, added: “I am so happy that The Hour of Separation is Watford’s chosen book. Watford is where I wrote my books and brought up my children. Its history – and my affection for this very special town – helped shape The Hour of Separation.”

Elected Mayor Peter Taylor explained: “Taking part in One Town, One Book is beautifully simple – make The Hour of Separation your midsummer read and join in with the activities the council and the author have planned.

“There will be a series of virtual book club sessions with myself and Katharine McMahon and a virtual writing workshop. Residents can even use the book to kick off their own virtual book clubs.”

Picture courtesy of Barbara Luckhurst

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