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Spring Readers' Day
Spring Readers' Day

Sponsored by HarperFiction

Guildford Cricket Pavilion, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP
Date:  Saturday 25 April 2020  Time: 10.00 - 16.00
Price: £45.00 (includes a light lunch and refreshments - Vegetarian option available)
Group Discounts - 10% for 5 or more, 15% for 10 or more (Discounts apply automatically at payment stage)

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• A Mini Festival in a Day
• Eight Bestselling Authors
• New Venue
Spring Readers’ Day is back! Following the success of last year’s Spring Readers’ Day we are pleased to announce our second spring event with Sunday Times bestselling authors, Fern Britten and Susan Lewis heading the line-up.
A regular, and extremely popular, feature of the main Festival for many years Readers’ Day is a mini festival in a day with up to eight authors, including debut fiction writers and established novelists, talking about their lives, their inspirations and their latest projects. There is also an opportunity to meet the authors and have books signed.
A light lunch and refreshments are included, and at the end of the day, there will be a Goodie Bag, including a free book, to take home. The venue is The Pavilion at Guildford Cricket Club which offers free parking on site and easy access from the main train station and local bus routes.  
Our host for the day is author and journalist, Fanny Blake.   
About the Sponsor:
We are delighted to welcome a new sponsor for the day: HarperCollinsPublishers.
With a heritage stretching back over 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to ground-breaking nonfiction, and everything in between.
FERN BRITTON – Daughters of Cornwall
A hugely popular household name, TV presenter and bestselling author, Fern Britton has written more than a dozen books, cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdom. Daughters of Cornwall is her unforgettable new novel that takes us from the end of The Great War to the present day. In 1918 Clara Carter boarded a train bound for Cornwall – to meet a family that would once have been hers. But they must never discover her secret. A century later Caroline tries to uncover the lies buried in her family history but arriving in Cornwall, she soon learns that some secrets are best left hidden.
Fatal Attraction meets Apple Tree Yard in this sensational psychological drama from J L Butler (aka Tasmina Perry). Francine Day is a high-flying lawyer, ambitious and brilliant. She just needs one headline- grabbing client to seal her place as a QC. Enter Martin Joy. The attraction is instant and they embark on a secret affair.  When Martin’s wife goes missing he is the prime suspect, and Francine is now his lawyer, lover and the last person to see his wife alive...
JANE CASEY – The Cutting Place
From critically-acclaimed author Jane Casey comes the new thriller featuring DS Maeve Kerrigan.  Investigating the murder of a young journalist, Paige Hargreaves, Kerrigan finds herself in an unfamiliar world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour. Paige had been working on a story about a private men’s club when she disappeared and it’s clear that the rich and privileged members have many secrets. But Maeve also has secrets of her own.
JOANNA GLEN – The Other Half of Augusta Hope
A captivating and deeply moving debut novel exploring grief, loss and the search for a place called home.  Augusta Hope has never felt she fits. And she’s right – she doesn’t. When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in her life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – even if that home is half a world away. From small town England to the rugged beauty of Burundi, and bustling southern Spain, this stunning first novel was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2019.
SUSAN LEWIS – My Lies, Your Lies
The epic new story from the bestselling author of more than 40 books including last year’s Richard & Judy pick, One Minute Later. Her latest novel of suspense sees ghost writer, Joely, taking on her strangest assignment yet. Frieda has never told her story before. But she wants to set the record straight and right a wrong that’s haunted her for 40 years.  As her story unravels Joely is spun deeper into a world of secrets and lies. She is sure she can uncover the truth but does she want to?
BETH MORREY – Saving Missy
Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, and haunted by her footsteps in her empty home, 79-year-old Missy knows that the loneliness is her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she has done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something different. A new life beckons, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. A dazzling, uplifting debut of friendship and moving on.
S J PARRIS – Execution
A regular contributor to the Guildford Book Festival S J Parris (aka Stephanie Merritt) makes her first appearance at Readers’ Day to talk about her latest novel featuring heretic turned spy, Giordano Bruno. Set in the 16th century Bruno arrives in England with news of a conspiracy to kill Queen Elizabeth and free Mary, Queen of Scots, from prison and set her on the throne. He is tasked with going undercover to join the conspirators but can he stop them before he is exposed?
CHARLOTTE PHILBY – Part of the Family
On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them. A compulsive and chilling first novel from the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain’s most famous communist double-agent.

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