Julia Herdman will be talking about her novel “Sinclair”, inspired by a family of apothecary-surgeons who lived and worked in Tooley Street, London, from 1770 to 1848, at the Leicester Writers’ Showcase at Leicester’s Central Library, Bishop Street, Leicester from 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 June.

“Sinclair” is set in 1786 when James Sinclair boards the East Indiaman ship, Sherwell, filled with hubris and ambition. He has severed all his ties to Britain and rejected the woman he loves to make his fortune in the East India Company’s new Medical Service but when the ship is wrecked six days later, his ambitions lie in tatters. He returns to London with fellow survivor, Frank Greenwood and the pair start to rebuild their lives. A chance introduction to Charlotte Leadam, a recent widow and owner of an apothecary shop in Tooley Street, changes everything for them. But before the friends find happiness and love Frank Greenwood must overcome his demons from the storm and James Sinclair will be accused of adultery and incest. The story takes place against a backdrop of the medical profession in late 18th century London.

City Librarian Matthew Vaughan says, “We launched the Leicester Writers’ Showcase in January 2017 with an event featuring a live poetry reading from the recently published poetry anthology, “Welcome to Leicester”. We are pleased to say the Writers’ Showcase is now a regular fixture in the Leicester Central Library calendar. On a personal note, working in partnership with highly motivated and talented people to put on these events makes Leicester Writers’ Showcase one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved in since joining Leicester libraries.”

The Leicester Writers’ Showcase aims to highlight Leicester’s literary talent and create conversations between readers and writers.

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