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Simon Toyne

19th March 2016
Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4AL
Time: 7.00-8.00pm

Join Simon Toyne, writer of thriller fiction, notably the Sanctus Trilogy and Solomon Creed series, who will be in conversation with Sandra Samwell, his former teacher, talking about his career and his books.

Simon Toyne is the bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy: Sanctus, The Key and The Tower. He went to school at Deacon’s School, Peterborough then studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths before going on to work in television as a director, producer and writer for almost twenty years. He wrote Sanctus after quitting his job as a TV executive to focus exclusively on writing. To date it has been translated into 27 languages, published in over 50 countries, and was the biggest selling debut thriller of 2011 in the UK and an international bestseller - as were The Key and The Tower, the next two books in the Sanctus trilogy.

In the summer of 2013 Simon signed a new five book deal for Solomon Creed, a new action-thriller series following a man with no past and no memories on an epic journey of redemption.

Simon lives with his family in Brighton and the South of France.

Praise for Sanctus:

'High concept, debut conspiracy thrillers don’t come with higher expectations than this. Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown.' Daily Mirror

'A fast moving, thoroughly enjoyable, adventure – plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and a wonderfully imaginative reinterpretation of a slice of religious history. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting'. Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth

Simon will be in conversation with Sandra Samwell who taught Simon at Deacon’s School. She directed over 30 musicals at Deacon's School including 'My Fair Lady' in which Simon was an outstanding Professor Henry Higgins. Simon went on to star in plays at Deacon's and some presented by Playgoers' Society at the Key Theatre, Peterborough.

Since retiring three years ago, Sandra has been a sponsor director at Thomas Deacon Academy, a reviewer of plays and books for NODA and local newspapers as well as writing a play 'Invisible Women' performed at the Key in 2013 and numerous productions for local societies.

Sandra is currently occupied writing a biography of Captain Cook through the eyes of her ancestor, David Samwell, who was the surgeon on the final three voyages and witnessed Cook's death in Hawaii.

Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 12th March, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm Mon to Fri Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

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