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Jessie Burton in Conversation

Monday 16th September, 7.30pm

St Michael’s High School

Jessie Burton, best-selling author of The Miniaturist, will be talking to author Laura Purcell (The Silent Companions/The Corset) about her latest novel, The Confession.


One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.
Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s imposing house in search of a confession . . .
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

Venue: St Michael’s High School, Main Hall. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Tickets: £10 (redeemable against book purchase) available from the bookshop (no booking fee) or Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jessie-burton-in-conversation-the-confession-tickets-68642881707

Cookbook of the Month

Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

Cookbook of the Month for January – 20% off

Image for Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start : Kick start your new year with all the recipes from Tom's BBC TV series and more
    Tom Kerridge shows you how to be the boss in the kitchen and eat well every day, thanks to more than 100 brilliant recipes to give you and your family a fresh start. What’s for dinner tonight? Recycle that takeaway menu, step away from the microwave and make the most of the amazing British produce with some real home-cooked food from Tom’s BBC TV series!Tuck into a quick peanut chicken stir-fry or flavour-packed butternut squash and chickpea curry. At the weekend, Tom’s Greek-style roast lamb makes the perfect family feast, and why not get the kids involved in the cooking too?It’s very easy to fall into the busy-life trap, especially when ready meals are so convenient.

    But Tom Kerridge has learnt from experience how important it is to take control over what you eat for the sake of your health and happiness. Now he wants to show you how easy it is to cook amazing meals at home, whether you’re short on time or lack confidence in the kitchen. Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start is not a diet book, but it is about taking control.

    If you cook from scratch, you know exactly what is going into your food and can take responsibility for everything that you and your family eat. And with Tom’s guidance, you know it will taste amazing too! Including more than 100 delicious recipes for breakfast, quick and easy meals, lighter dishes, veggie suppers, batch cooking, weekend feasts and sweet treats. `Tom is the perfect person to kick us into a fresh start this new year’ GQ

    Visit The Bees on Chorley Market to sample some of the recipes!