Sign-up for local author’s book launch, South Croydon, Dec 7

South Croydon writer David Matthews is staging the official launch and book-signing of his debut novel, That They Might Lovely Be, next Thursday, December 7, where copies of the book will be on sale with more than one-third off the recommended retail price.

Matthews, the popular (with pupils as well as staff) former head teacher at St Andrew’s High School, gave a very well-received talk about the craft and complexities of plotting out his novel, which is about the lives of a family in the intra-war years, at one of the Talking Inside Croydon events staged in the summer.

“David Matthews has managed the trickiest of doubles – a literary page-turner with a heart and a brain,” according to one of the early reviews of the book, which takes its title from a line in a 17th-century hymn which has also inspired one of Coldplay’s songs.

First-time author David Matthews

At next week’s book launch, which is being staged at The Hive Community Hub in St Andrew’s Church, on Southbridge Road from 6.30pm, copies of the book will be available to buy, and Matthews, of course, will be happy to sign them.

The book will be available for sale and signings after the presentation at a special price of £10.00 (RRP £15.99).

Further information about the book can be found on Matthews’s website:

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