Bookable Space with Katie Munnik
Hosted by Yvonne Battle-Felton, in this episode of Bookable Space we're joined by Katie Munnik reading from The Aerialists.
About the author: Katie Munnik is a Canadian writer living in Cardiff, UK.
In 2017, she won the Borough Press Open Submission, and her debut novel The Heart Beats in Secret was a USA Today Bestseller.
Her second novel The Aerialists was published in April 2022 by HarperCollins.
About the book: She fell from the sky and captured the heart of a city.
The Aerialists is a rich historical novel inspired by the life of Louisa Maud Evans, a fourteen-year old hot air balloonist who died tragically during the Great Exhibition in Cardiff, 1896.
Paris, 1891 Laura is living on the streets, far from the American Prairies where she was born. When rescued by the entrancing aerialists, Ena and Auguste Gaudron, she soon finds herself ensconced in the family hot air balloon business, and offered the chance to learn how to fly.
Cardiff, 1896 The Gaudrons accept an invitation to be part of the Cardiff Fine Art, Industrial and Maritime Exhibition, presenting a daring show of balloon ascents and parachute descents.
Then late one night, a young girl, Grace, knocks on the Gaudrons’ door. She is desperate to fly, whatever the cost. As Grace’s dreams begin to take wing, can Laura be the one to keep her grounded? Or will both girls risk it all for one dazzling moment of flight?