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Invisible: 'Her experience in solitary confinement would have me riveted to my seat.'



Welcome to Sarah Bourne, author of Invisible


While we're waiting for your guest to arrive, Sarah, can you tell us a little about your book and who you'll be sharing a cocktail with today?



When Laila and her lover, Faisal, are detained after the London bombings in 2005, it sets in motion a train of events that will alter Laila forever. Released without charge, she makes a series of ill-advised decisions that will see her eventually travelling to Pakistan in her hunt for answers. Will she ever find her place in the world and the freedom she craves?…


Who will you be inviting for a cocktail, and why?

I’ll be inviting Laila Farida Seaver, a young woman who’s been through a lot in the last couple of years. She managed to dig deep and find courage and has proved herself to be remarkably resilient, in spite of some bad decisions and experiences.


What will they be wearing?

Laila’s favourite clothes are jeans, T-shirt and walking boots as she tramps across her beloved moors, but for work she wears a skirt and blouse most days. Tonight, though, for cocktails, she’ll pull out her little black dress (we all have one, don’t we?) and dress if up with some not-too-blingy costume jewellery.


What will they order off the cocktail menu?

If you’d asked her that when she was in solitary confinement (but how could you? She wasn’t allowed any contact with the outside world), she’d have said either a Screwdriver or a Painkiller. Now I suspect she’ll order a Paradise.


How will they react if the waiter spills their cocktail over them?

Laila’s learned not to sweat the small stuff. She’d assure him/her it was OK, worse things had happened, and if they had a spare few hours, she could tell him/her a few of them!


What can they tell you that will make you stay for a second drink?

Her experience in solitary confinement would have me riveted to my seat, but I’d also like to hear what she’d learned about how the love of family and friends, old and new, had helped pull her through her darkest times.


Invisible by Sarah Bourne

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