Richmond author to sign copies of new book

Kia Abdullah at Castle Hill Bookshop.

Richmond crime writer Kia Abdullah will be signing copies of her new novel, Truth Be Told, at Castle Hill Bookshop next month.

Kia relocated to the district from London in 2018.

Earlier this year, she spoke at the Richmond Rotary Club and was due to speak at the Richmond Walking & Book Festival in September, which was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Castle Hill Bookshop have invited Kia to launch her new novel with a signing at the shop.

Truth Be Told (HarperCollins, £12.99) is a tense courtroom drama that follows the case of a 17-year-old boy who is assaulted at his boarding school after a night of drunken revelry.

The novel examines consent, shame and the undue pressure we place on young men to act hyper-masculine.

Kia’s last novel, Take It Back, was named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and The Telegraph and was selected for an industry-first audio serialisation by HarperCollins and The Pigeonhole, an app that connects readers across the world.

Kia said: “Carol, Liz, Stuart and Wendy were deeply supportive when Take It Back came out last year, so I’m delighted to be launching Truth Be Told at Castle Hill Bookshop. These are extraordinary times but I’m really looking forward to meeting some local readers.”

Kia also stressed the importance of supporting local bookshops.

“What’s lovely about Richmond is that you come to know your local booksellers.

“In London, it was easy to just order off Amazon but here, it’s a pleasure to buy locally. This is important not just in Richmond but across the country if we want our independent shops to thrive.”

Meet Kia and get your copy signed from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, September 5 at Castle Hill Bookshop, 1B Castle Hill, Richmond.