2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
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£10 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

Two of our most successful and acclaimed contemporary novelists come together to discuss their latest novels. Patrick Gale’s Take Nothing With You is a compassionate, compelling tale of boyhood, coming of age, and the confusion of desire and reality told with Gale’s trademark social comedy juxtaposed with apocalyptic tragedy. Nina Stibbe’s Reasons To Be Cheerful is, frankly, what we all need in 2019! She yet again displays her extraordinary gift for illuminating the vital details that make us human whilst making us laugh and cry in equal measure.

About the Authors

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester before going to Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. One of this country’s best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, and the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter. His original BBC television drama, Man In An Orange Shirt, was shown to great acclaim in 2017 as part of the BBC’s Queer Britannia series, leading viewers around the world to discover his novels.

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction – Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas – and two novels: Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge, both of which were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards and in 2016 was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC series starring Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham-Carter. She lives in Cornwall.