Meet the Author - Nicola Upson

Novelist Nicola Upson will be in conversation with Catherine Larner, talking about her latest mystery 'Shot with Crimson' starring real-life crime writer Josephine Tey. This time Josephine is in Hollywood with Alfred Hitchcock on the set of ‘Rebecca’.

This is the eleventh book Nicola has written with Josephine Tey as her main character.

Josephine was one of the writers of the Golden Age of Crime, famous for writing books such as 'The Daughter of Time', 'Brat Farrar' and 'The Franchise Affair' as well as plays and novels under other names. Her real name was Elizabeth MacKintosh and her family were brewers with a business between Framlingham and Saxmundham. She adopted the name of her Suffolk great-great grandmother in becoming Josephine Tey.

Nicola has melded fact and fiction in these novels which are wonderfully atmospheric of the 1930s and boast evocative settings such as Portmeirion in Wales, Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, the West End theatre, the Cornish coast and the Red Barn Murders in Polstead, Suffolk.

This time the book is set in the glamorous world of Hollywood - and Cambridgeshire - with Alfred Hitchcock directing Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'.

Josephine has crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary. She is joining her partner who is working as an assistant to the great film director, Alfred Hitchcock as he seeks to complete the final scenes of his film of Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'.

As always, Josephine becomes involved in a mysterious death and, working with her old friend, detective Archie Penrose, she seeks to find the answers on both sides of the Atlantic.

In addition to providing us with another gripping mystery in a gloriously nostalgic and glamorous setting, the novel gives a fascinating insight to the filming of ‘Rebecca’, behind the scenes.

After Nicola speaks to us about this wonderful new book we'll have the chance to watch 'Rebecca' together on the big screen. Tickets for both the author talk and the film are available to purchase through the Riverside.

Tickets to hear Nicola Upson talk about 'Shot with Crimson' are available from the Riverside, online or in person, priced £17 and include a signed copy of 'Shot with Crimson' (RRP £16.99) presented on the day. One further ticket may be purchased for £12 (without the book).

Early bird tickets may be purchased before 26 October for £15.

Tickets for 'Rebecca' are £7. The film will be screened after the author talk and book signing, at 3.30pm.

Programme Type: Live Show On Stage

Cast: Nicola Upson talking with Catherine Larner

Certificate: N/A

Running Time: 60 minutes

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