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An Evening Of Gothic Fiction

9 November, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Essie Fox’s The Fascination has already entered the Sunday Times top ten! It’s Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions…

Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn’t grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father’s quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’.

Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, who finds employment in Dr Summerwell’s Museum of Anatomy in London, and here he meets Captain and his theatrical ‘family’ of performers, freaks and outcasts.

But it is Theo’s fascination with Tilly and Keziah that will lead all of them into a web of deceits, exposing the darkest secrets and threatening everything they know…

In Freya Berry’s The Birdcage Library you will discover a mesmerising 1930s-set slice of gothic fiction, The Birdcage Library follows the endeavours of adventuress Emily Blackwood as she attempts to locate a mysterious artefact hidden in a crumbling Scottish castle.

1932. Emily Blackwood, adventuress and plant hunter, travels north for a curious new commission. A gentleman has written to request she catalogue his vast collection of taxidermied creatures before sale.

On arrival, Emily finds a ruined castle, its owner haunted by a woman who vanished five decades before. And when she discovers the ripped pages of a diary, crammed into the walls, she realises dark secrets lie here, waiting to entrap her too…

And in Anita Frank’s The Good Liars a story of crime, deceit, and murder, set in the early 1920s…

In the summer of 1914 a boy vanishes, never to be seen again.

Now, in 1920, the once esteemed Stilwell family of Darkacre Hall find themselves struggling with the legacy of the First World War. Leonard bears the physical scars, while his brother Maurice has endured more than his mind can take. Maurice’s wife Ida yearns for the lost days of privilege and pleasure and family friend Victor seems unwilling to move on.

But their lives are thrown into further disarray when the missing boy’s case is reopened – and this time they themselves are under police scrutiny.

Chaired by award winning novelist AJ West, author of The Spirit Engineer, this promises to be a wonderfully dark evening…..

Join us at Hungerford Town Hall on Thursday the 9th of November at 7pm. Tickets £7 with money off the books on the evening and a glass of wine.


9 November, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hungerford Bookshop
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Hungerford Town Hall
22 High Street
Hungerford, Berks RG17 0NF
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01488 686555
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