Sat 13 Oct
10:00 - 16:00
The Harbour Hotel, £40

Includes light lunch, refreshments and a goodie bag

With host Fanny Blake


If you love reading the latest fiction then this is a day not to be missed.

What is Readers' Day?

> A mini festival in a day
> One ticket, seven speakers
> Meet your favourite authors
> Hear about their latest books
> Find out what inspires them                                                 > Have your booked signed
> Share the joy of reading with like-minded people

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, Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine, and 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.

The day will take place at the luxury Harbour Hotel with lunch and refreshments included.


AJ Pearce 

Dear Mrs Bird

London, 1940: Emmy dreams of becoming a war correspondent so when she spots an ad in the paper she seizes her chance. Due to a misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of ‘unpleasantness’ must go in the bin.  Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . . A funny, joyous and uplifting debut novel. 

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A joyfully uplifting and optimistic novel . . . a timely story of courage and good humour in adversity.
— Observer


Libby page

The Lido

When Brockwell Lido is threatened with closure 86-year-old Rosemary starts a campaign to save it. Kate is a young reporter, lonely and far from home. Sent to cover the story for the local paper she finds unexpected friendships among the local community and realises that even in a big city she doesn’t have to be alone. With the film rights already sold this debut novel is a wonderful, feel-good story.

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The Lido is a joyous and uplifting debut - a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear
— Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man



Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

Find our more about Sarah Vaughan

‘Well-written, pacy and full of twists and turns’
— Independent
The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard. . . sensational
— Clare Mackintosh


Louise Candlish

Our House

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. From the bestselling author of The Swimming Pool and Since I Don't Have You.

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Absorbing, perceptive and gripping
— Daily Mail
Addictive… It will keep you guessing until the very end
— Stylist



Ruth Hogan

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Masha was a spirited woman with a rebellious streak until tragedy struck. Consumed by grief she finds solace in silence until a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the wise and fabulous Kitty Muriel, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice. Exploring the simple human connections that make life worth living it’s another irresistible novel from the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things.

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Kit De Waal

The Trick to Time

Mona is a young Irish girl in a big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own. She meets a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and embarks on an affair, a whirlwind marriage, and an unexpected pregnancy. Then tragedy strikes and tears them apart. Decades later, she looks back at her life, and wonders if she can ever learn to love again. An unforgettable tale of grief, longing and a love that lasts a lifetime from the award-winning author of My Name is Leon.

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JOanna Trollope

An Unsuitable Match

The author of 21 highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Choir, The Rector's Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters in Law Joanna joins us to discuss her life as a writer and her latest novel, An Unsuitable Match, a story of love, family and second chances. Joanna was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. 

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