Sally Gardner will be reading from and talking about Tinder
, inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Tinderbox
. An adventure of dark magic and mystery, set during Europe's Thirty Years War, Tinder follows the fortunes of Otto Hundebiss, a soldier who defies death and becomes the master of werewolves.
Syd Moore, the mistress of witch books, will be reading from and talking about her latest supernatural novel Strange Fascination, based on Anne Hughes, who lived in Great Leighs in Essex. Accused of witchcraft, she was burned at the stake, her remains were buried and a boulder rolled across her grave to prevent her from rising again. When centuries later the Blackly Be boulder, situated in the car park of the Seven Stars pub, is moved, all hell breaks out.
Beth Underdown will be reading from and talking about her debut novel, The Witchfinder's Sister, based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins. When Alice Hopkins husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women's names.
Cathi Unsworth will be reading and talking about her latest novel, That Old Black Magic. Set in Wartime England, Cathi's supernatural thriller blends fact and fiction and interweaves witchcraft and conspiracy in the mist-shrouded British countryside.
Please book promptly to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are £8 (£6 for students) and include a glass of wine or soft drink. Book online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.