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Two Outstanding Authors, Champagne and Canape Reception and a Two-Course Gourmet Lunch

Portrait photograph of author Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister introduces her latest novel Nina Todd Has Gone. On the surface she is an ordinary young woman, living an ordinary life, but Nina Todd is not who she says she is. What lies beneath is so dark and sinister that even Nina tries to block it out. As gripping as any thriller, this masterly novel explores what happens when ordinary lives are turned upside down and their darkest secrets exposed.

Lesley Glaister is the author of ten previous novels and winner of both the Somerset Maugham and the Betty Trask Prizes. She currently teaches a Master's degree in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and lives near Edinburgh.

'Glaister is an expert plotter and her story has a chilling plausibility... a story whose message will linger long after the book is closed'
The Scotsman

'The novels of Lesley Glaister deserve a larger readership... Glaister makes you feel you are there, and makes you wish for almost anywhere else.'
Daily Telegraph

'A natural storyteller who knows how to keep the reader turning the pages.'
Independent

Portrait photograph of author Helen Rappaport

Helen Rappaport, has written a rich, colourful and fascinating picture of very different women at war, based on hundreds of their rare and often unpublished accounts. From those like Florence Nightingale who tended the sick, to the travelling army wives and the battlefield tourists who would watch the engagements from a safe distance, No Place For Ladies is the untold story of women in the Crimean War.

Helen Rappaport is an actress turned historian and writer. Previous books include An Encyclopaedia of Women and Social Reformers and Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion. She has also presented historical documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC Woman's Hour.

'Poignant and inspirational, well-researched yet thoroughly readable'
Simon Seabag Montifiore

'Rappaport weaves their stories into the text without sentimentality; the facts speak for themselves.'
The Times

'No Place for Ladies is not simply an account of these horrific and sometimes heroic stories, it also addresses the voyeurism of wars'
The Guardian

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