Stroud Book Festival – Friday

Kirsty gunn tony white

Literary Page Turners

Kirsty Gunn and Tony White

Friday 9th November 18:30 – 19:30

Tickets £8: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

Can contemporary literary fiction also be page-turning stuff? Of course it can, say acclaimed novelists Kirsty Gunn and Tony White, both published by literary publisher of pedigree, Faber & Faber.

Kirsty’s latest novel is “Caroline’s Bikini” in which her narrator, Emily Stuart, charts her friend Evan Gordonstone’s passion for Caroline Beresford, a glamorous housewife, hostess and landlady. It’s a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession and the art of making stories .

Tony is the author of “The Fountain in the Forest”, an immensely stylish and ingenious crime novel which unfolds after a brutally murdered man is found hanging in a Covent Garden Theatre, shifting between Holborn Police station, an abandoned village in rural 1980s France and Stonehenge’s Battle of the Beanfield.

They join us in conversation with Faber Editorial Director, Louisa Joyner to talk about they make their fiction both beautifully crafted and totally gripping.



elisa lodato amanda reynoldsSomething Nasty in the Living Room

Elisa Lodato and Amanda Reynolds

Friday 9th November 20:30 – 21:30 

Tickets £8: Available from Stroud Subscription Rooms

From Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” to SJ Watson’s ”Before I Go to Sleep”, domestic noir – books in which unpleasant things happen far too close to home – remains hugely popular. To discuss this enduring trend, we bring together Elisa Lodato and Amanda Reynolds, two Gloucestershire novelists who focus on domestic darkness in their work.

Elisa will read from and discuss her gripping and atmospheric second novel, “The Necessary Marriage”, in which the arrival of new next-door neighbours unleashes desire, strained loyalties and a tragic chain of events. Amanda will read from and discuss her twisty psychological drama, “Lying to You” in which a wife who believed and stood by her husband after a shocking accusation made against him, is forced to confront the fact that he may, after all, be lying.

Chaired by Stroud novelist Tessa Harris.


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