Sophie Hannah  Happiness, A Mystery and Haven't They Grown

Best selling crime writer, poet and self-help addict Sophie Hannah will discuss her two latest very different books:

Happiness a Mystery

What is happiness? Why does it mean so many different things? How can we be happier? Sophie Hannah lines up her cast of suspects and expert witnesses, from ancient philosophers to modern self-help gurus, scientists to ordinary people, and uncovers answers - from the secrets of a fulfilling relationship to the joys of boredon, or the bliss of a cancelled meeting. Weaving in much-loved poems and hilarious observations from Sophie's life this is the ultimate guide to the mystery of happiness and the clues that can lead us there.

Haven't They Grown

 A carefully plotted psychological suspense mystery: The friendship between Beth and Flora faltered a dozen years ago, but when Beth drives past Flora's old home she is shocked to see her shepherding five year old Thomas and three year old Emily out of her car. The children are the same as they were twelve years ago, they haven't grown at all. Impossible? Beth has seen them and is determined to find answers...

Listing Details

Thursday 15th October, 4.30pm


Dorford Centre, Bridport Road

Ticket Prices

Adults: £10.00


Tickets will be on sale from 26th August.

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