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  • Lisa Jewell - The Night She Disappeared

    Nancy Tucker - The First Day of Spring

    Lisa Jewell’s latest bestseller tells what happens when a teenage single mother disappears without trace. Where do you start to search?

    Nancy Tucker’s debut novel explores nature or nurture and the devious mind of the child on child murderer.

    A lively discussion on the issues involved in writing psychological thrillers is irresistible. How easy is it to get behind the criminal mind; why are women writers so successful at this genre of fiction; why are readers so addicted to the‘whodunnit'?

    In conversation with Sally Laverack
    When: Monday 8th November 2021 @ 12 noon
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Max Porter - The Death of Francis Bacon

    A bold and brilliant short work of fiction by the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny. In a burst of literary brilliance, Max Porter translates into seven extraordinary written pictures the explosive final workings of the artist’s mind. The Death of Francis Bacon is set during the last days of Francis Bacon’s life as he lies dying in Madrid and is written in visceral poetic language which corresponds to Bacon’s style of painting.  One of our most lyrical novelists brings his rich facility for language and psychological insight in this majestic tour de force.

    Tickets: £12/£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Jon Woolcott
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 4.30 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
    Sponsored by: Max McKay-James
  • Natasha Brown - Assembly

    In our new writer slot at BridLit, Natasha Brown’s novel Assembly, follows a black British woman as she prepares to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside.  At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. Assembly is about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. It is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

    This can be purchased as an exciting double event with Max Porter, event 14.

    Tickets: £12 /£20 for events 14 and 15 combined

    In conversation with Max Porter
    When: Tuesday 9th November 2021 @ 6.00 pm
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Boris Starling - The Law of the Heart

    In his ninth novel, Starling’s three protagonists confront emotions they’ve all tried to suppress. For rollercoaster designer, Theo, life is living on the edge, immune to commitment. In North Korea he meets tour guide, Min, who has a soul that wants to soar but feels safer to have walls around her heart and mind. Min’s grandmother, Cuckoo, hides her own heartbreak. How much are all three prepared to risk?

    In conversation with Olivia Glazebrook
    When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Hotel
  • Alan Johnson - The Late Train to Gipsy Hill

    Alan Johnson abandoned his glittering career in politics to free himself to do ‘other things’.  He has subsequently become a best selling writer, winning the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize for his childhood memoir: This Boy. His second and third volumes of memoirs: Please Mr. Postman and The Long and Winding Road were also award winning.  The Late Train to Gipsy Hill is a warm-hearted debut thriller with a masterful plot about, on the surface, very ordinary people.  The truth is quite opposite.

    In conversation with Jason Webster

    When: Wednesday 10th November 2021 @ 6.30 pm
    Where: Electric Palace
    Sponsored by: Nick Pearson
  • Dr Hilary Jones - Frontline

    In the midst of the pandemic, ITV’s Doctor Hilary Jones launches his epic historical series – a sweeping sumptuous WWI medical drama which features the Spanish Flu pandemic when only the strongest survived. Grace, a nurse, and Will, a young soldier, meet in a field hospital in France. Rumours of Armistice abound but hopes of peace are threatened by the deadly virus. Dr Hilary discusses the challenges posed by writing romantic fiction and plotting the course of a family saga across the twentieth century. Are there parallels with Covid 19, which has affected global well-being?

    In conversation with Sally Laverack

    When: Thursday 11th November 2021 @ 10.00 am
    Where: The Bull Ballroom
  • Jonathan Coe - Mr Wilder & Me

    Jonathan Coe’s dazzling new novel based on his admiration for the films of Billy Wilder. It is both a coming of age story and an intimate portrait of one of cinema’s most intriguing figures. Coe evaluates the nature of time and of fame, of family and the treacherous lure of nostalgia. Followed by a screening of Billy Wilder’s 1972 film: AVANTI – a much underrated American comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. In conversation with Boris Starling
    When: Friday 12th November 2021 @6.00 pm
    Where: Electric Palace

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