• 27.05.20
    Felixstowe Book Festival Online



    The FBF Book Club will be launching the Festival on Friday June 26th, at 7.30pm, on ZOOM (ID: 858 5444 7275) when we will be pouring a cup of tea, enjoying a slice of birthday cake, and celebrating Anne Brontë's 200th birthday!

    We will be joined by Nick Holland, a leading authority on the Brontës, to discuss his latest book Crave the Rose: Anne Bronte at 200 and also In Search of Anne Brontë.

    This promises to be a fascinating hour, as Nick will reveal Anne's brilliance as a writer, her tragic death and her life with genius sisters Charlotte and Emily.

    There will be the opportunity to comment and ask Nick questions, but if you have read neither book please don't let that dissuade you from joining us using this invitation: 

    RUTH DUGDALL is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Felixstowe Book Festival book group : ANNE BRONTE at 200! 

    Time: Jun 26, 2020 07:30 PM London 

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    Meeting ID: 858 5444 7275

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    The programme for Saturday and Sunday is as follows: 

    Saturday 27 June 

    11.00am - Harriet Tyce – Blood Orange 

    The novel raises searching questions about marriage and love, addiction and delusion, and ultimately innocence and guilt.

    Blood Orange has been long-listed for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and a Richard and Judy top read.

    Harriet will be interviewed by Felixstowe-based crime author, Ruth Dugdall.

    Please join us, for what promises to be a lively chat about one of this year's best crime books! 


    2.00pm - Paul French - City of Devils

    A spellbinding and dramatic true account of Shanghai’s lawless 1930s and of two of its most notorious Jazz Age criminals.

    Paul French is the winner of both the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime and the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. 


    4.30pm - Carol Drinkwater – The House on the Edge of the Cliff

    Past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of enduring love and betrayal echoing across the decades.

    Carol Drinkwater’s books, which include memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France, have sold over one million copies worldwide. She is an award-winning actress best known for playing Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small.



    Sunday 28th June 

    11.30-12.30 - Liz Trenow - Under A Wartime Sky 

    Liz Trenow's latest novel draws on real life events just before the Second World War, when some of the country's brightest minds were gathered at Bawdsey Manor, an extraordinary gothic mansion on the Suffolk coast. They have been tasked by Churchill to develop an invention, shrouded in secrecy, that will change the course of the Second World War. In this febrile atmosphere, an unusual relationship develops between a brilliant scientist and a local Felixstowe girl, with potentially disastrous consequences.

    Interviewed by Rachel Sloane. 


    2.00pm – George Alagiah – The Burning Land

    Time to be confirmed   

    The exhilarating debut political thriller from the BBC News at Six presenter George Alagiah. The Burning Land is set in the new South Africa where corruption threatens the dreams of its people, frustration turns to violence and a shocking murder sets in motion events no one can control.

    Chaired by Mandy Morton 


    4.00pm – Illustrated talk

    Time to be confirmed

    Nick Cottam will delight and enthrall you on a virtual journey down the River Deben, based on the book Life on the Deben, which he co-wrote with Tim Curtis, and the film of the same name.

    The book tells the story of the 25-mile long River Deben, from its Debenham source to the sea and from Roman times to the present day. Sutton Hoo, the lost port of Goseford, piracy and environmental threats to today’s river all feature.

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