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This year’s 28th King’s Lynn Fiction Festival looks set to be as popular as ever, with tickets already being snapped up.

It will be held over the weekend of March 11-13 with six events arranged at Lynn Town Hall.

Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer

Tony Ellis, the chairman comments: “I believe this will be one of our best festivals.

“Several people have already said they think the programme extremely exciting and some have already bought season and other tickets on the basis of what they have seen on our website.”

The festival will open on Friday, March 11 at 7.30pm, with novelists D J Taylor and Patricia Duncker.

A prolific novelist and critic, Taylor is the author of “The Prose Factory”, described as “the book he was born to write”, which explores the influences of English literary life in the last 100 years.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah

Joining him on stage is Patricia Duncker, returning after a nine-year absence; she is the author of six novels and the latest, Sophie and the Sybil which was published last year.

On Saturday afternoon there will be two writers making their first appearance at Lynn.

Daisy Waugh, granddaughter of Evelyn, has made her name with such novels as Last Dance with Valentino and is also well known as a broadcaster.

James Wilson is a historian who wrote his first novel in 2001 at the age of 53; his fifth and most recent novel The Summer of Broken Stories, was published last year. He has also written plays and radio and television documentaries.

Saturday evening will find Sophie Hannah and Piers Paul Read in conversation with John Lucas.

Read, a distinguished writer, was last at the festival in 1999, primarily because he has been writing a lot of non-fiction. In the 1970s he wrote Alive, The Story of the Andes Survivors, an account of the Uruguayan passengers who survived an air crash, and this sold five million copies worldwide.

Sophie Hannah is an international best-selling writer of psychological crime fiction, including The Monogram Murders, featuring Hercule Poirot, which was written with the blessing of the Agatha Christie estate two years ago.

The Sunday programme opens in the morning with the return of Simon Mawer, who some people believer wrote the best book this century The Glass Room, which was on the Booker Prize short list.

He appears with Jonathan Smith, a fine novelist and playwright whose latest novel, The Churchill Secret, KBO, has been adapted for television and is due to be broadcast later this month.

The final event at Lynn Town Hall on Sunday afternoon will see the writers considering the position held by Arthur Miller in the year of the centenary of his birth; this will be chaired by Christopher Bigsby, a world expert on the playwright.

Season tickets for the Fiction Festival are £37.50, or tickets for individual events are £8.50; concessions for students.

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