Lecture from author Simon Brett in Seaford open to all

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Author Simon Brett, who wrote the Charles Paris books, will give a talk at St Peter’s Church in Seaford on Tuesday August 5.

The talk will be the last in a popular series of East Blatchington Lectures and promises to be a big attraction.

Simon’s 80 books include the popular comedy detective stories and Radio 4 series featuring the usually struggling actor Charles Paris.

Roger Bing, from St Peter’s Church, said: “Paris, memorably played by Bill Nighy, is an actor who spends more time ‘resting’ than working.

“His relationship with his wife is what he calls ‘semi-detached’. And his love of whisky is often his undoing.

“But what he does well is stumble across crimes, and then solve them, entertainingly.

“His creator, Simon Brett, who lives in West Sussex, once of Dulwich College and Oxford University, joined the BBC as a radio producer, and worked on a number of the most popular of radio comedies.

“But it was while he was with ITV and writing a series about Lord Peter Wimsey that he was enticed to think about writing crime fiction himself. So he did, and the successful Charles Paris series is partly the result.”

The church is in Belgrave Road. The talk starts at 2.30pm and is open to all.

Tickets £5, including refreshments, available from the Seaford estate agents Newberry Tully.