Programme 2015

Crime and Wine Evening – Lynda La Plante

lynda-portrait-200WLynda 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_deborah-200WDeborah 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-Runcie-200WJames 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



Sunday Tea with … Deborah Moggach

deborah_moggach-200WDeborah 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.