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
Congratulations to the whole Lit Fest team. I am glad it has been such a well-deserved success! The huge effort put into it is very clear to see, it is great when that is acknowledged and rewarded! We have been very happy to host the event -we are all very proud to be involved with the Lit Fest...
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
Thank YOU for hosting us so brilliantly on Sunday. Dad and I had a great time and were both really impressed by the very smooth running of your festival. It was a total pleasure being there with you, Helen, and the team. Congrats to all concerned on a job well done. It was fun to be a part of it.
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
Going from strength to strength, well done!
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).