24th November 2022
4th May 201712:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Kingsway Hall Hotel, Covent Garden
Joanna Trollope & Erin Kelly
Joanna Trollope is the author of nineteen highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards among other services to literature. City of Friends is her twentieth novel.
Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence. Sunday Times
She can be as subtle as Austen, as sharp as Brontë. Trollope’s brilliant. Mail on Sunday
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she’d ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?
As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new one, she at least has The Girls to fall back on. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.
But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey’s redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits . . .
Erin Kelly is the author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and Broadchurch: The Novel, inspired by the mega-hit TV series. The Poison Tree was a Richard & Judy summer read in 2011 and became a major ITV drama in 2013.
Her narrative choreographs a succession of hints, twists and revelations with elegance and precision. The novel is beautifully written and the characters have a dreadful plausibility about them that engulfs you in their untidy lives. Like all the best psychological thrillers, this one leaves the reader feeling mildly traumatised – and hungry for the author’s next book. SPECTATOR
Kit and Laura are young and in love. At a festival in Cornwall Laura accidentally interrupts a man and a woman. She knows she saw something terrible. But the man denies it. Later, in a panic, Laura tells a little white lie – which changes four lives irreparably. When the victim turns up on their doorstep, the truth seems to vanish ever further into shadow. As gratitude spills into dangerous obsession, Kit and Laura simply have to run.
But they can’t hide forever and the past closes in on them again. Telling Kit the truth will cost Laura her marriage. But keeping the secret could cost them both their lives.
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Excellent speakers, food and company - great event, not to be missed.
Daniela Gardiner, Panasonic