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Among the writers at Books by the Beach are Daisy Good win, script writer of TV series Victoria,and Anne S ebb a, a former foreign correspondent.
Wednesday April 26 to Monday May 1
Two female writers are sexing up history at Books by the Beach in April.
Daisy Goodwin is a TV producer and scriptwriter of ITV hit series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.
Historian Anne Sebba makes regular TV and BBC radio appearances. She is a former foreign correspondent, beginning her working life at Reuters news agency – the first woman to do so.
Daisy Goodwin is first up at Scarborough Library Concert Hall on Wednesday April 26.
She will be reading from Queen Victoria’s diaries and showing clips from the series. A copy of her novel Victoria is included in the ticket price.
Festival co-director Heather French said, “I’m so looking forward to meeting Daisy. I read her novel while snatching a short break and loved it.
“It brings the time period and young queen to life. I love historical fiction as you learn so much while enjoying a fascinating tale. It’s the first time we’ve included a book with ticket and it’s a pilot for this year.”
Following the library event Daisy will be hosting a Victorian tea party at Wykeham Abbey Old Kitchen at 3pm where ticket holders will be dining on sandwiches, pies, hot crumpets, scones and of course Victoria sponge.
Sebba is the guest at a breakfast event at the Palm Court on Saturday April 29 at 9.30am. She is the writer of many historical biographies including an international bestseller on Wallis Simpson.
She will be taking the audience back to the Second World War and asks “What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949?”
By looking at collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes, as well as teachers and writers, Anne shows that women made life-anddeath decisions every day, and, in an atmosphere where sex became currency, often did whatever they needed to survive...
Her cast includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily: American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and even fashion and jewellery designers.
“In enthralling detail Anne explores the aftershock of the War,” said Heather.
“Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.
“A must see event. We chose the Palm Court Hotel as a relaxed setting where a French style breakfast will be served to make this event extra special.
I’m eager to listen to Anne’s talk as she’s a wonderful speaker and also I do love anything French!
Tickets are selling fast for Daisy and Anne’s events so if you’re a Francophile or love anything Victorian hurry to get your ticket.”