The Portobello Bookshop are excited to be hosting the publication day launch of Heather Parry’s debut novel, Orpheus Builds A Girl. Based on a chilling true story, this is a compelling novel about obsession, sisters and who gets to control the narrative.
We are planning for this event to take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience, as well as a livestream for attendees watching from home.
In-person vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event against anything in the bookshop – we will have a list of attendees with vouchers to be redeemed. Livestream vouchers are valid until the day after the event and can be used on the website against the price of Orpheus Builds A Girl.
About Orpheus Builds A Girl:
Wilhelm von Tore is dying. As he looks back on his life he reflects on his upbringing in Dresden, his beloved Grandmother and his medical career during the second world war. But mostly he remembers his darling Luci, the great love of his life, his dark-haired beauty promised to him in a dream years before they met.
Though only together for a few months in her first life, their love is written in the stars. Using scientific research compiled over decades, Wilhelm ensures that, for him and his beloved, death is only the beginning.
But through the cracks in Wilhelm’s story there is another voice, that of Gabriela, and she will not let this version of events go unchallenged. She tells the story of her sister Luciana, fearless and full of life, and the madman who robbed her from her grave.
Heather Parry is an established writer whose work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Gutter and Mslexia. She won the 2016 Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer, and Cove Park’s 2017 Emerging Writer residency. In 2021 she was a Hawthornden Fellow. Her work has also been performed at The Edinburgh International Book Festival. She lives in Glasgow, and chairs literary events in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Heather Parry is the founder of the literary magazine Extra Teeth.