Spring Readers’ Day

with host Fanny Blake

Saturday 13 April
Guildford Harbour Hotel, £43 (includes light lunch and refreshments)


Spend the day in the company of some of Britain’s best-loved authors as they share their stories, experiences and inspirations. Hosted by Fanny Blake, a former publisher and author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, this interactive and enjoyable day for book lovers has been a popular feature of the Festival for many years.

If you love books then this is a day not to be missed.

  • A mini festival in a day

  • One ticket, seven speakers

  • Meet your favourite authors

  • Hear about the latest books

  • Discover what inspires them

  • Have your books signed

  • Share the joy of reading with like-minded people

Readers’ Day speakers…


Prue Leith

The Lost Son

A sweeping family saga from chef and Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith. When the lost son, given up for adoption in the war, traces his birth family and returns to the fold, there are devastating consequences that might cost the family all they have worked for over 50 years. 

The Lost Son is Prue’s eighth novel and is the last of a trilogy of books featuring the Angelotti family, and set around a food empire.

Read more about Prue Leith →

Leith’s subtle characterisations never sound a wrong note... a satisfying and illuminating read
— Daily Telegraph
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Elizabeth Noble

Love, Iris 

The number one bestselling author returns with a heart-warming story about love across the generations. A Richard & Judy Book Club pick Love, Iris features newly-pregnant Tess who has a secret. She wants to confide in her beloved grandmother but Iris’s life is descending into dementia and can’t help her granddaughter. Or can she? When Tess discovers letters from the past they provide an unexpected guiding light.

Read more about Elizabeth Noble →

Prepare to be ensnared in a complex web of deeply satisfying secrets
— Mail on Sunday

Seni glaister

Mr Doubler Begins Again

Farmer Mr Doubler knows his potatoes but the same can’t be said for people. Since losing his wife he’s been on his own except for the daily visits of his housekeeper. But when she can’t visit anymore could the kindness of strangers save him from a life alone.  A wonderful uplifting tale.

Read more about Seni Glaister →

Extremely charming
— Marian Keyes

Sophie Hannah

The Mystery of Three Quarters

The third novel from the poet and crime novelist based on Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot

The Belgian detective returns home to find an angry woman on his doorstep and another man inside. Both claim to have received letters from him accusing them of a murder. Poirot is mystified and sets out to unravel the mystery.

Read more about Sophie Hannah →


Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party

Sunday Times bestseller The Hunting Party sees nine friends ring in the New Year in the remote Scottish Highlands. A body in the snow sees the festivities overflow with tension, and exposes friendship-destroying secrets. 

When a blizzard descends the friends are trapped, and so is the killer.

Read more about Lucy Foley →


Erin Kelly

Stone Mothers

From the author of the Sunday Times bestselling title, He Said/She Said comes another gripping story that will keep you guessing to the very end. 

Marianne was 17 when she fled her home, her family, her boyfriend, and the body they buried. Forced to return, the past closes in on her but she remains determined to keep her secret, whatever it takes.

Read more about Erin Kelly →


Marianne Kavanagh


A psychological drama about the secrets within a marriage and relationships under so much pressure they crack, with a twist that you don’t see coming. A journalist and author, and former deputy editor of Marie Claire, 

Disturbance is Marianne’s fourth novel. 

Read more about Marianne Kavanagh →