The Alderney Lit Bites

The Alderney Lit Bites is a monthly online salon connecting authors, readers, and the odd literary philosopher. Addressing the questions 'why read?' and 'if so, why this book?', it informally explores aspects of history and historical fiction through their authors' insights.

Coming Next...
Rachel Abbott in conversation with debut novelist Tish Delaney
Being Northern Irish is everything!

Wednesday, 19th May 6pm-7pm

Novelist Tish Delaney talks to Rachel Abbott about her debut novel, Before My Actual Heart Breaks, and how she recreates in the book her Northern Irish upbringing in rural county Tyrone at the height of The Troubles.

Growing up at the height of the Troubles - the sectarian war between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Nationalists - life was about having fun and getting an education and going out to dancehalls that could be bombed because you still wanted to be able to meet someone and get married one day. Everyone, Catholics and Protestants, were at exactly the same carry on – they just wanted to have a normal life too! In any conflict, there are only ever a handful of extremists, everyone else is just trying to get the groceries home safe.

Join Tish and Rachel in this enjoyable conversation of writing a first novel, of life during The Troubles, and capturing the essence of people in your life because you never want them to fade.


Q&A to follow the chat.

Rachel Abbott is the bestselling author of the DCI Tom Douglas thrillers, which have sold over 4 million copies in the English language and have been translated into more than 20 languages. She is also the author of the Stephanie King series, published by Wildfire Books. The first in this series - And So It Begins - was a Sunday Times top thriller of 2019.

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Andrew Lownie
"The Mountbattens"

Thursday, 27th May 8pm-9pm

Alderney Litfest Chairman Anthony Riches is in conversation with Andrew Lownie, author of The Mounbattens: their lives and loves.

The intimate story of a unique marriage that spans the heights of glamour and power to infidelity, manipulation and disaster through the heart of the 20th century.

From British high society to the South of France, from the battlefields of Burma to the Viceroy's House, The Mountbattens is a rich and filmic story of a powerful partnership, revealing the truth behind a carefully curated legend. Based on over 100 interviews, research from dozens of archives and new information released under Freedom of Information requests, prize-winning historian Andrew Lownie sheds new light on­ this remarkable couple.

Q&A to follow the chat.

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Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. A trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers Club, he has written for the Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian and formerly served in the Royal Naval Reserve. His previous books include acclaimed lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess.


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