As part of the Watford Together initiative, which aims to bring the community together in these difficult times, Watford Borough Council commissioned me to produce this video to launch a new campaign called One Town, One Book to unite the town through our love of reading.
The book chosen for One Town, One Book is Sunday Times bestselling author and former Watford resident Katharine McMahon’s latest novel, The Hour of Separation. Set in Watford, and a fictional farm in Belgium during two World Wars, it’s a tale of human endurance, heroism and love, resonating powerfully with the challenges we are facing right now.
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor explained: “Taking part in One Town, One Book is beautifully simple – make The Hour of Separation your midsummer read and join in with the activities the council and the author have planned, including a series of virtual book club sessions with myself and Katharine McMahon and a virtual writing workshop. Residents can even use the book to kick off their own virtual book clubs.”
Author Katharine McMahon added: “I am so happy that The Hour of Separation is Watford’s chosen book. Watford is where I wrote my books and brought up my children. Its history – and my affection for this very special town – helped shape The Hour of Separation.”