Date(s) - 24/09/2018


Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Monday September 24, 7pm

Tickets £8

Bestselling novelist Alan Titchmarsh, the presenter of television shows including Ground Force, Gardeners’ World, Love Your Garden, the Chelsea Flower Show and The Alan Titchmarsh Show presents his latest novel, The Scarlet Nightingale. Set in wartime London and occupied France, this is a thrilling story of love, danger and sacrifice. It is the late 1930s when 17-year-old Rosamund Hanbury leaves behind the endless summers of her coastal Devonshire home for London. A family tragedy has meant she must live with her single aunt in the centre of the city. Under the expert guidance of her formidable aunt, the country mouse learns how to act like a lady, hosting dinner parties and rubbing shoulders with Britain’s most influential. And when the enigmatic Harry Napier sweeps her off her feet at London’s famous Café de Paris she could almost forget that Britain has declared war. But the Phoney War ends. Harry is posted abroad to a job cloaked in secrecy, London reels from the first bombings of the Blitz and Rosamund suffers a devastating personal loss that leaves her all the more determined to do her bit for the war effort. Recruited into the Special Forces she is sent to work alongside the Resistance on a top secret mission in France. It is here that her courage and loyalty are truly put to the test. And where she learns that no one is what they seem: at home or abroad …

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