Book Signing: Mark Chapman

Saturday 18 May 2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dewi Lewis Publishing, Publishers, P03

© Mark Chapman, from “God’s Promises Mean Everything”, courtesy of Dewi Lewis Publishing

Godʼs Promises Mean Everything spans seven years in the life of Derek, a homeless hostel resident who lives in Teesside in the North East of England – an area that has a rich industrial history and was formerly a major iron and steel hub.

Godʼs Promises Mean Everything is an immersive long-term character portrait that extends over a number of years, but limits its perspective to a single room. Haunted by the spectre of the family he lost, Derek lives without the safety nets many of us take for granted. Significant life choices – involving financial difficulties, mental and physical health – are always close to the surface.

This book reveals the unsettling fragility in the connections that make up our everyday experience. It is a personal, empathetic portrait of a man trapped in difficult circumstances. A story of disconnection and loss, but also of survival and daily rebellion.