Top authors at Titchwell book festivals

Sophie Hannah will talk about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders at the Briarfields Bookfest

Sophie Hannah will talk about her new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders at the Briarfields Bookfest - Credit: Archant

Briarfields hotel in Titchwell has announced a stellar line-up of authors to headline its three Bookfests being held this year.

Featuring internationally renowned author Kate Mosse, new Poirot writer Sophie Hannah and debuting Norwich-based author Emma Healey the events look set to offer some revealing insights into the authors' varied works.

The first event is on Sunday, April 19 and welcomes 29-year-old Emma Healey, whose debut novel Elizabeth is Missing attracted nine book offers at the London Book Fair in 2013. It has also just won the Costa First Novel awards, has been sold to 20 countries and translated into 18 languages.

The book centres on 70-year-old Maud who, while increasingly forgetful with the onset of dementia, is determined to solve the mystery of the disappearance of her friend, Elizabeth.

The characterisation has been described as 'astounding' by literary critics.


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A second Bookfest will take place on Sunday June 7 with international author Kate Mosse whose latest book, The Taxidermist's Daughter, follows best-sellers Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel.

The Independent described it as: 'A beautiful, brilliant book, full of heart and superb twists, with an unforgettable heroine and a mystery that will have you thinking long after you've turned the last page.'

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Cambridge author Sophie Hannah, who has recently published a continuation of the Poirot series, The Monogram Murders, with the blessing of the Christie family, will give an author's talk at Briarfields in October.

A prolific poet, children's author and thriller writer, whose work has been adapted for television, her first novel, Little Face, published in 2006 sold more than 100,000 copies.

Jac Sandy, Briarfields marketing manager, said: 'We are thrilled to announce our first dates for our 2015 Bookfest programme.

'Those who attend enjoy hearing each author share the story of their writing career, an extract from their work and the opportunity to pose their own questions to the author, as well as meeting, buying a copy and having their book signed.'

Tickets for Briarfields Bookfests are priced £12, including posh afternoon tea and are available from the hotel.

Visit www.briarfieldshotelnorfolk.co.uk or telephone 01485 210742.

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