We are thrilled to welcome Celia Imrie, beloved star of stage and screen, to St Andrews in celebration of her latest novel. Known for her extensive work with Victoria Wood, her roles in various films — including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the Bridget Jones series, Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, and many more — as well as her Olivier Award Winning stage performances, Celia is one of the country’s most accomplished actors.
Her new book Sail Away tells the story of Suzy Marshall, who is learning how scarce work is for an actress over sixty. When Suzy takes a job on a cruise ship to pay her return from an ill-fated role in Zurich, she bumps into Amanda Herbert, a woman taking the cruise to wait out various personal crises. The pair set off on a fantastic adventure, not predicting the strange characters, dodgy dealings, or unexpected rewards that lie ahead of them. In the words of Joanna Lumley, Celia’s latest novel is ‘Utterly delicious in every way’, and a truly joyous read.