Anne Youngson

Friday 23rd - 18.30

Warwick Hall

The Six Who Came to Dinner – six short stories in a single dazzling collection launches prize-winning Anne Youngson as a new Agatha Christie of our times. Perfect for lovers of puzzling mysteries set in the English countryside. The village cleaning lady who holds everyone's house-keys opens a boot to find some unexpected baggage; a vengeful dinner party host serves more than just a roast to her six guests; hairdresser chat is not just idle gossip as an old man with a history gets a trim; driven to distraction by his new wife, a man resorts to two grisly acts, in a gripping re-imagining of a famous Irish ballad of murder. These stories of love, lies, murder and revenge tear back the façade of small communities to reveal the roiling emotions and frustration that can lead us to do bad things to others. Rich in compassion, pathos and humour, Anne Youngson offers us her roving imagination and gift for storytelling in this collection of unputdownable human mysteries.

Anne Youngson lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and four grandchildren to date. MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Costa Best First Novel Award and won the inaugural Paul Torday prize for debut fiction by writers over sixty. Her second novel, THREE WOMEN AND A BOAT was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick. THE SIX WHO CAME TO DINNER is her first collection of short stories, echoing Agatha Christie with their dark edge and sardonic humour as they showcase human foibles and misdemeanours in all their glory.