Katie Hickman's novel, The House at Bishopsgate, is set in 1611. Paul Pindar, rich merchant of the Levant Company, sets sail for England after ten years in the Orient. He brings with him his wife and a legendary diamond and arrives to find a country much changed. James I has succeeded Queen Elizabeth and an artistic Renaissance is flourishing. Pindar immediately begins to restore his great house at Bishopsgate to its former splendour. But all is not as it seems. Ceilia is frail, the marriage childless and an alluring widow becomes increasingly important to the running of the household and happiness of the inhabitants. Who is she, and what are her motives?
Katie Hickman is the author of seven previous books, including two bestselling history titles, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia, and two travel books, one of which, Travels with a Mexican Circus, was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award for her novel The Quetzal Summer, and her novels The Aviary Gate and the Pindar Diamond have been translated into 19 languages.
Katie will discuss her novel in a panel event with Marianne Kavanagh, author of Should You Ask Me, a mysterious historical thriller set just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Mary Holmes enters a police station and says she has information about human remains recently discovered nearby. Her case is investigated by William, a police officer invalided out of the army after being seriously injured. Mary's confession brings his own violent past to the surface and two stories unravel.
Marianne Kavanagh is a journalist who has worked for publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Tatler, Woman & Home and many others.
The event will be chaired by BBC Radio Solent presenter Steve Harris.
Wednesday 18th October 3.00pm
I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
sure your festival will go from strength to strength….
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
It is excellent that Dorchester is now on the literary map
It was much appreciated that you included Victoria Hislop in this year's festival. As always she was charming and entertaining.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
We really enjoyed the talks we attended... and look forward to next year's event... Kate Adie was brilliant