Rebecca Smith Book Launch

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The Ash Museum by Rebecca Smith

Launch Event on Thursday 6th May 2021, 7.00pm, online

P&G Wells is excited to present this exclusive opportunity to hear Southampton-based author Rebecca Smith talk about and read from her new novel, The Ash Museum.

Rebecca will be interviewed by our David Simpkins and there will be the opportunity for a Q&A.

Ticket to online event on Zoom £1.50 (to cover administration costs). If you later decide to buy the book this admin charge will be redeemable against the purchase of the book  using the code provided in your order email (valid until 31/05/21).

Tickets are free when buying a signed copy of The Ash Museum for a special price of £7.49

A link will be sent via email shortly before the event. Tickets are non-refundable. Should you have any difficulty booking a ticket or have any queries on this event, please email us at

Rebecca Smith was born in London and grew up in rural Surrey. From 2009 – 2010 she was the writer-in-residence at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire. The Ash Museum was inspired by her time there and by being left hundreds of old family photographs and letters.

Through ten decades and across three continents, The Ash Museum is an intergenerational story of loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home.

'In her luminous fourth novel, Rebecca Smith has managed to distil ten decades of a fractured family history into a resonant and tightly woven structure that takes us on an extraordinary journey. It is a memory bank of treasures and as much a moving story about the legacy of Colonialism as it is a reflection on contemporary life and values. Her wonderful perspectives and closely observed (and often, very funny) details about those lives, past and present, are a triumph.' Christie Hickman, Books Editor, S Magazine

'A beautifully written, multi-generational tale full of poignant themes, vibrant setting packed with observation and characters you will want to be friends with.' Ella Dove, novelist and Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines

‘What a fabulous new novel from a brilliant writer. Spinning through time and space, The Ash Museum is another country, filled with lively, emotional set-pieces, turned like physical memories from one generation to another. Endlessly exciting in its filmic, short, sharp scenes, grippingly narrative in its interwoven tales of loss and identity and home, Rebecca Smith’s book demonstrates, yet again, her gift for vivid humour and deep empathy, all stirred up in her


'Fans of Smith's sharply observed tales of contemporary life will find much to enjoy... this beautifully written, funny work.' The Times

‘Charming, funny, witty and romantic.’ Esther Freud

‘Smith has plenty of good-humoured comedy up her sleeve, a grasp of dialogue and an eagle eye for the absurd.’ Daily Mail