Contrast the canals of Venice with the underworld of C18 London at our double-headed talk by two very different authors.
Marina Fiorato will outline her latest offering Beatrice and Benedick, which combines her passions for Shakespeare and Venice – telling the tale behind the tale of Much Ado About Nothing. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick had a previous, youthful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did they part, and what brought them together again?
Born in Manchester and raised in the Yorkshire Dales, Marina is half-Venetian. A history graduate of Oxford University, and of the University of Venice where she specialised in the study of Shakespeare’s plays as an historical source, Marina was even married on the Grand Canal. The author of five novels, she has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Fiction award; Venice features frequently as a beguiling back-drop and animating context to her writing.
Meanwhile, Derby-born Antonia Hodgson will talk about her historical novel and murder mystery: The Devil in the Marshalsea. Set in Georgian London seven years after the South Sea Bubble had exploded and thousands were bankrupted, the debtors’ prisons are overflowing. These private fiefdoms prove splendid business opportunities for those in charge of them, and Marshalsea Prison is no different. Into its maelstrom is thrown Tom Hawkins – on the run both from his father’s wish that he join the clergy and settle into country life, and from the debt collectors …
An English graduate from the University of Leeds, Antonia Hodgson’s London of 1727 offers that rare achievement in historical fiction: a time and place different from our own, yet all too real.
Monday, October 27. 7pm. Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage
Tickets: £12 (The Big Book Supper includes a one course supper)
The choice of meal needs to be stated at the time of booking.
The options are
- Vegetarian lasagne
- Vegetarian quiche
- Meat Lasagne
- Chilli and rice (contains meat)
Please note: table water provided with the supper.
Licensed coffee shop open for the sale of drinks.
Booking deadline: Monday, October 20