Summer Blockbuster Thrillers with Faridah Àbíké-íyímídé, Holly Jackson and Maureen Johnson in conversation with Sarah Shaffi

Thursday 22nd July 2021
19:30 at Waterstones, Online Events

Join us online for an event with three New York Times bestselling YA authors,
Faridah Àbíké-íyímídé, Holly Jackson and Maureen Johnson as they talk about their amazing new books and ultimate summer blockbusters, Ace of Spades, As Good as Dead and The Box in the Woods.

In conversation with Sarah Shaffi, each author will discuss their books, writing processes, upcoming projects and the world of thriller mysteries in YA fiction, as well as their top recommended summer reads- and you’ll event get the chance to put your own questions to these three incredible writers at the special event.


£5 General Admission

£12 with a copy of Ace of Spades

£12 with a Signed Exclusive Edition of As Good as Dead (please note: As Good as Dead is published on 5th August, so delivery of this book is likely to be after publication).

£16 with a copy of The Box in the Woods

£36 with copies of Ace of Spades, As Good as Dead and The Box in the Woods (please note: As Good as Dead is published on 5th August so delivery for this book bundle is likely to be after this publication date).

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about Black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. Her debut novel Ace of Spades is an instant New York Times and IndieBound bestseller and a no. 2 bestseller in the UK. Faridah has also written for NME, The Bookseller, Reader’s Digest and gal-dem, and has just completed her degree at a university in the Scottish Highlands.

Holly Jackson is the bestselling author of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, the critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling YA crime thriller and winner of The British Book Awards’ Children’s Book of the Year 2020, as well as a shortlisted title for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020. The third and final installment of the series, As Good As Dead is out this summer. 

Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian.

Sarah Shaffi is a journalist, editor and interviewer, among many other things, with more than a decade of experience working at newspapers, magazines and websites. As a freelance writer, Sarah has written for Stylist, Phoenix,, The New Arab and more. She specialises in books, but also writes about politics, race and pop culture (and the intersection of all three). Sarah has also been a judge for a number of literary prizes, including the Jhalak Prize for Best Book for a Writer of Colour.

This event with be broadcast on Zoom, please make sure you have this installed and updated on your chosen device.

Please note that the Ticket & Book option for this event requires a UK postal address. Please do not select this option if you do not have a UK postal address as you may not receive the book.

Postage will be made after the event, so delivery is likely to be after publication date.


Waterstones, Online Events
Thursday 22nd July 2021

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