Tense tales from two writers who can spin a thrilling yarn

Two Brighton authors are set to thrill chilly January audiences at the first ever Pop-Up Book Lovers’ Supper Club at Mister Magnolia in Ditchling on Wednesday, January 28.

Bethan Roberts. Picture by Charles Hopkinson
Bethan Roberts. Picture by Charles Hopkinson

With a delicious hot supper courtesy of Mister Magnolia’s proprietor, Sophie Boulderstone, a free glass of wine and novelists who know how to spin a best-selling yarn, this promises to be a night to delight and intrigue.

Bethan Roberts’ latest novel is Mother Island. A remote part of Wales is the setting for this tense tale about the abduction of a toddler by his nanny, who is not what she seems.

Bethan’s previous novel, My Policeman, was picked as the City Reads book for Brighton. She teaches creative writing at Chichester University and Goldsmiths College, London.

Rebecca Whitney makes her debut with The Liar’s Chair, a dark portrait of a woman in a toxic and controlling marriage, set in and around the Brighton area.

It’s billed as ‘an intelligent, heart-in-your-mouth thriller and stunning psychological portrait of a woman in search of atonement,’ and has been tipped as the thriller of 2015.

Tickets for Pop-Up Book Lovers’ at Mister Magnolia cost £20 and include a hot vegetarian supper, delicious, home-made cake and a free glass of wine or cordial. The authors will be signing copies of their books at the end of the evening.

The Book Lovers’ Supper Club was created by journalist and author Melanie Whitehouse, whose aim is to bring a range of fascinating authors to mid-Sussex for an evening of all things bookish over wine and a home-cooked supper.

Doors open at 6.45pm – not before. Mister Magnolia is located at 1 High Street, Ditchling, BN6 8SY.

Tickets cost £20 from Brighton Dome Ticket Office on 01273 709709 or www.brightonticketshop.com (booking fees apply). People can also buy tickets in person from The Post Office, Ditchling, or The Mint House, Hurstpierpoint.

For more information about the club log on to www.facebook.com/BookLoversSupperClub.