Crime and Wine with David Thorne and Clare Mackintosh

David Thorne started his working life in advertising and then moved to writing comedy sketches, gags and scripts for the BBC and Channel Four. In 2010 he moved to Essex and was immediately inspired to write East of Innocence. ‘Whatever you read about Essex, the reality is bigger, louder and more in-your-face. With Range Rovers!’ Daniel Connell the protagonist in David’s hugely acclaimed trilogy could never have existed anywhere else!


Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and now writes full time. Clare’s debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. Clare’s next book, I See You, will be published in July 2016.

STOP PRESS! Clare’s book I Let You Go has won the Theakston’s Best Crime Novel of the Year award!


An evening with Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world’s leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.

Judith is an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV’s Antiques Trail, and Discovery’s It’s Your Bid. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, Homes & Antiques, House & Garden and the Daily Telegraph.

After her presentation, Judith will value a selection of antiques and collectables from the audience and sign copies of her latest book Art Deco: The Glamour of the Jazz Age.


Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch with Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas has written twenty-two novels and a travel book, drawing widely on her travel experiences.

A keen adventurer for pleasure as well as research, she has climbed in the Alps and Himalayas, driven halfway around the world in a competitive car rally, lived and worked on a tiny research station in Antarctica and explored in Ladakh, Kashmir and Central Asia.

Her latest novel Daughter of the House follows on from The Illusionists and is set in London after the Great War, when the hard-won freedoms of women were once more in doubt and Nancy and her fellow suffragettes must strive all over again for the right to control their own destinies.


“Afternoon Tea” with Julie Summers.

Julie Summers is the author of eleven works of non-fiction, including the best-selling book Jambusters which inspired the ITV drama series Home Fires. Julie’s first book Fearless on Everest was published in 2000 and was followed by The Colonel of Tamarkan in 2005, a biography of Brigadier Sir Philip Toosey the true architect of the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Since then she has been exploring the impact of the Second World War on people’s lives, with particular focus on women on the Home Front. Stranger in the House looked at how women coped when the men came home from the war, while When the Children Came Home examined the impact of evacuation on family life in the war’s aftermath. Jambusters celebrates the extraordinary work of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War and last year she published Fashion on the Ration which was selected as one of The Times history books of 2015. The book accompanied an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum which opened this Spring.


Crime and Wine Evening – Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante needs absolutely no introduction. From the TV series Widows in the 1980s, through Prime Suspect in 1990s, and many other projects since, Lynda has achieved incredible, award-winning success both on TV and in print.

For her latest book, Lynda has returned to her award-winning series Prime Suspect, and in Tennison, she has written a prequel to the previous novels.

‘She is, without doubt, one of the finest writers working today’ – Karin Slaughter.


An Evening With … Deborah Cadbury

Cadbury is an award-winning author and BBC television producer. She specialised in the effect of science and history on modern society, and her work onHorizon won her an Emmy award.

In her best-selling book The Chocolate Wars, she took a journey into her own family’s history to uncover the rivalries that have driven 250 years of chocolate empire-building.

In her latest book, Princes at War, Deborah Cadbury goes behind palace doors to uncover the very private conflict between George VI and his too charming older brother; a conflict so bitter it was unresolvable while they were both alive.

‘A gripping account of love and war’ – The Boston Globe


The Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch – James Runcie

James is no stranger to Frinton Literary Festival, having appeared at our inaugural Crime and Wine evening in 2012. We’re pleased and delighted to welcome him back.

As well as writing the Grantchester Mysteries series, James is also a playwright and director. The first season of The Grantchester Mysteries has been aired on ITV, with a second season being filmed in July 2015.

His latest book, Sydney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins, is the fourth in the Grantchester Mysteries series.

‘There is no denying the winning charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries’ – The Independent



Deborah has had a prolific career in writing, having had over 15 novels published, as well as short story collections. She’s also had a number of screenplays and teleplays commissioned.

She also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 BAFTA-nominated film Pride and Prejudice, and her comic novel These Foolish Things has been made into the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Something to Hide is a novel about personal relationships, and her characters’ struggle with betrayal in a multitude of global settings.

‘She’s witty, and heroically generous with the warmth she dispenses’ – The Guardian.