Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4AL
The Festival of Literature is very pleased to support and promote several of our very talented local authors. We have a very rich and varied group of authors in this area so please come along and find out more about them and their books; perhaps you will be inspired to read a new book or motivated to put pen to paper yourself!
Jane Isaac: The Lies Within
Jane Isaac is an established crime author, her first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, published in the US, was nominated for Best Mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words of the Independent eBook Awards’ (2013). The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as 'Thriller of the Month - April 2014' by E-thriller.com and winner of 'Noveltunity book club selection - May 2014.
The Lies Within is the third novel in Jane’s second series featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon. Grace Bannister is distraught after her daughter's body is found in the Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace's only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss. DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threatens to derail him. When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before Grace is convicted of a crime she didn't commit?
Helen Claire Gould: Floodtide
Floodtide is set on icy Naxada, the Shiranu farm in lava tubes under a dormant volcano, avoiding hunter tribe the Sargussi. But the mutually-hostile tribes’ world will soon be torn apart by natural forces. Planetary geologist and astronomer Jordas Krata, part of a team observing an incoming asteroid, becomes telepathically linked with Yado, a Sargussi man, as he cements a relationship with the lovely Shiranu female runaway Soolkah. Jordas enters this precarious balance of nature to rescue both tribes from the destruction about to rain down on them and help resettle them on a safer planet.
Helen is currently working on her second novel, The Zarduth Imperative Discovery, which she hopes will be ready for publication later this year. Helen also runs Peterborough Fiction Fix on (usually) the first Sunday in the month at The Draper’s Arms on Cowgate, Peterborough.
Peter Morrell: The Honourable Member
Peter qualified, first as a solicitor, and then as a barrister. He practised at the Bar until 1992, when he was appointed a circuit judge, trying criminal and civil cases in London and the East Midlands. Peter retired from the Circuit Bench in 2009, but continued to preside over Mental Health Tribunals until 2014. Peter has been an observant Christian since childhood and, in 2008, was ordained a deacon of the Church of England; and a year later, a priest. He currently ministers in country parishes near his home where he has lived for over forty years.
Peter’s three novels are set in the village of Pepynbridge in North East Northamptonshire, a typically bucolic, middle-class rural community, peopled by a cross-section of folk, with St Aidan’s Abbey as its parish church. Into this setting he introduces challenging and controversial issues and observe the reactions to them within what reviewers have acknowledged are absorbing narratives.
In Peter’s third novel Ralph Waters QC, gay, in his 50s, and a rich and successful commercial barrister, is The Honourable Member for the constituency of Pepynbridge Forest. Ralph asks Herbie Onion, the rector, to marry him and his partner Pascal in St Aidan’s Abbey. When Herbie points out that it would be against the law, Ralph announces he is piloting a Private Members’ Bill through the House of Commons to force the Church of England to recognise and conduct same gender marriages. Ralph’s request is discussed by a deeply divided Parochial Church Council.
Tickets £5 available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle PE8 4ED.
Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk
Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email email@example.com