Oundle Festival of Literature

Oundle Festival of Literature is proud to announce our next event: an author talk with Chloë Ashby.

Chloë is an author and award-winning arts critic. Following the success of her first novel, ‘Wet Paint’, Chloë is returning to Oundle, where she grew up, to talk about her most recent book, ‘Second Self’. The talk will be followed by a Q&A as well as book signings.

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/oundle/fletton-house-oundle-suite/chloe-ashby-author-talk/2024-05-16/19:30/t-rpdgyen

Or in person at The Oundle Bookshop.


About ‘Second Self’:

“When Cathy and Noah first got together neither saw children in their future. Eight years later, they’re happily married – and Cathy isn’t so sure.
With Noah’s patience for his wife’s ambivalence waning, her widowed mother in a world of her own, and her best friend yearning for a second baby, Cathy feels increasingly adrift. Escaping into her work in the conservation studios of the National Gallery, she chips away at the layers of overpaint on a canvas from the collection. Will the discovery of an unexpected truth help her find the clarity she craves?
Second Self is a novel about confronting expectations, and learning to cope with the nagging, complex questions that shape a life. It’s about minds and bodies at the mercy of natural forces and social pressure. Above all, it’s an ode to big decisions, small, tender moments, and how we choose to be.”

‘Second Self’ has received outstanding reviews, with the Mail on Sunday describing it as ‘Tender and acutely observed’. while Marie Claire deemed it ‘Beautifully nuanced’.


16 May 2024


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



More Info / Tickets

Chloë Ashby - Author Talk


Fletton House
Fletton House, Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Oundle Festival of Literature
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