Your Next Read … Introducing Lucy Jago

Thursday 20 May 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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A Net for Small Fishes is historical fiction at its most lavish, based on a real-life scandal involving Frances Howard, wife of the powerful Earl of Essex and Anne Turner, her dresser, which rocked the Jacobean court. It’s a novel about power, sexuality and female friendship, about #MeToo four centuries ago.

Former TV producer and award-winning biographer Lucy Jago talks to Caroline Sanderson about the gender politics of the 1600s, the fashion for cross-dressing, wearing one’s wealth, divorce among the aristocracy, the devilment of women, necromancers, perfumes and poisons.

A Net for Small Fishes was picked as a debut to look out for in 2021 by the BBC, The Telegraph, Grazia, Sunday and Irish Independent.

‘Sumptuous … If you’re feeling bereft after finishing The Mirror and the Light, let Jago transport you back to the Jacobean court’ The Telegraph


‘The Thelma and Louise of the 17th century’ Lawrence Norfolk


Follow on Instagram: @Lucy__Jago

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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Buy the book:
A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago


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