BOOK OFF! LIVE!

Date
19-05-2019
Time
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Venue
Assembly Rooms
Price
£10 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

Join us for a special live recording of the podcast series hosted by BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music producer Joe Haddow. Novelist and children’s author Michelle Paver (Wakenhyrst) and best selling writer Diane Setterfield (Once Upon A River) go head to head in a war of the words. They’ll each pitch their choice of book that they love and think everyone should read. And the audience will decide who wins! They’ll discuss writing habits, the germ of ideas and their latest books.

About the Authors

Michelle Paver is an international bestselling author with over 3 million copies of her books sold in 37 countries across the globe. She writes for both adults and children and her work includes two of the most critically and commercially acclaimed ghost stories of modern times, Dark Matter and Thin Air and the prize-winning, million copy selling, children’s series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Born in Malawi, Michelle Paver came to England as a child. She studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before becoming a partner in a City of London law firm. She began to write after her father’s death prompted her to take a one-year sabbatical. She has never looked back. Known for her extensive research, Wakenhyrst was inspired by the rich and haunting folklore of the Suffolk fens, chance encounters, and both the personal and universal stories of women’s quest for independence.

Diane Setterfield is a British author. Diane studied French Literature at the University of Bristol. Her PhD was on autobiographical structures in André Gide’s early fiction. She taught English at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie and the Ecole nationale supérieure de Chimie, both in Mulhouse, France, and later lectured in French in the UK. She left academia in the late 1990s to pursue writing. Her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale (2006) was published in 38 countries worldwide and has sold more than three million copies. It was number one in the New York Times hardback fiction list for three weeks and is enjoyed as much for being ‘a love letter to reading’ as for its mystery and style. Her second novel is Bellman & Black (2013), an unusual genre-defying meditation on workaholism, Victorian mourning ritual and rooks, and her third, Once Upon a River, will be published in early 2019.

Reviews

‘Michelle Paver is the mistress of suspense’ THE TIMES