Domestic chaos, tasty tapas and a familiar face at book lovers’ club

Sara Crowe
Sara Crowe

A famous TV actress-turned-author and an acclaimed and popular modern novelist are the guests at the next Book Lovers’ Supper Club on Wednesday, March 11, at The Barn on Ditchling village green.

Judy Astley has written 19 witty, contemporary novels at the rate of one a year, and sold millions of copies worldwide.

She bases her stories on hectic personal experience, domestic disharmony and family chaos with romance and humour thrown in. She will be talking about her two latest bestsellers, ‘In The Summertime’ and ‘It Must Have Been The Mistletoe’.

Sara Crowe is a familiar face from the Philadelphia cheese adverts and Four Weddings & A Funeral.

Now she’s turned her hand to writing and her first novel, ‘Campari for Breakfast’ has been likened to Dodie Smith’s iconic tale, ‘I Captured The Castle’.

It tells the story of 17-year-old Sue Bowl, who goes to live with her Aunt Coral after her mother commits suicide. She intends to fall desperately in love, write a book... and perhaps drink Campari for breakfast.

Tickets for The Book Lovers’ Supper Club cost £20 and include a tastebud-tingling Turkish-style tapas supper courtesy of Ozgur Tuncay at Sultans Delights, a free glass of wine, readings, interviews and book chat.

There will also be the chance to buy personally signed copies of the authors’ novels from The Mint House at the end of the evening.

Tickets on sale now from Ditchling Post Office, The Mint House, Hurstpierpoint, and The Dome (booking fees apply). Call 01273 709709 or visit

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