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The Brew House
Hill Top Lane
Harrogate, HG3 1PA

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May 17th 2012
Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
12pm to 3pm

Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Sophie Hannah

Kind of Cruel
by Sophie Hannah

The Author

Sophie's bestselling psychological thrillers are published in twenty countries and regularly top the Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers list. The dramatisation of her novels for television, under the series title Case Sensitive on ITV 1 in May 2011, drew an audience over 5 million and The Other Half Lives will be broadcast on ITV 1 in March 2012. Sophie has published five collections of poetry which are studied at degree level across the UK. Pessimism for Beginners, was short listed for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. She has been a Fellow of both Cambridge and Oxford. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children and is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College. Kind of Cruel is her seventh novel

Praise for Sophie Hannah

'Her trademark precision-layered structure creates a multi-dimensional maze that holds at its centre a revelation which is truly hair-raising, even by Hannah's standards.'
Independent on Sunday

'Cool, calculating and utterly chilling, Kind of Cruel is another compulsive book from Hannah.'
The Observer

The Plot

Amber Hewerdine suffers from insomnia. In desperation, she visits a hypnotherapist where a vague and distant memory is stirred, and she hears herself say the words 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel.' Two hours later she is charged in connection with the brutal murder of Katherine Allen, a woman she has never heard of... The novel grips like a vice and is packed with myriad twists you never see coming. It cleverly deals with the theme of family duty versus individual happiness and asks whether it can ever be right to sacrifice our own wellbeing for the sake of family.

Portrait photograph of author Kate Summerscale

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace
by Kate Summerscale

The Author

Kate Summerscale was born in 1965. She is the author of bestselling The Queen of Whale City, which won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House, published in 2008, was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction and then successfully adapted for ITV. Kate formerly worked for The Independent, was Literary Editor for The Daily Telegraph and has judged various literary competitions, including the Booker Prize. She lives in London with her son.

Praise for Kate Summerscale

'Summerscale has produced not only a dazzling non-fiction thriller, but also an acute work of literary and social history'
The Daily Express

'It is a beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, in my mind, of the finest documentary writing.'
John le Carré

The Plot

It is a mild winter's evening in 1850. Isabella Robinson's carriage bumps its way through Edinburgh's gas lit, cobbled streets to the New Town home of Lady Drysdale, the centre of many an energetic and intellectual soiree. There she meets a handsome medical student who is married, and ten years her junior. Mrs Robinsons Disgrace is a compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society still clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. Kate Summerscale brings to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.

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