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A2 The Bath Festival Book Club Event: Jennie Godfrey and Susan Fletcher

The Bath Festival 2024

The Guildhall

Come and join the Bath Festival Book Club! Novelists Jennie Godfrey and Susan Fletcher chat to the festival’s guest curator Joe Haddow (BBC Radio 2 Book Club producer and host of the hugely popular Book Off! podcast) – about their new novels, guaranteed to be the books everyone is talking about this summer.

Stand-out debut novelist, Jennie Godfrey, shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists when her novel The List of Suspicious Things was published earlier this year. Costa Award-winning Susan Fletcher’s brand new novel, The Night In Question is a beguiling mystery full of unforgettable characters.

Both Jennie and Susan are full of fun and good stories – their books share themes of community, connection, curiosity and an exploration of what it means to be human.

Whether you have already read one or both of these brilliant books – or are yet to discover them – you lucky thing! – come along, either by yourself or bring your friends and join the chat!

The Night In Question is a wonderfully warm and involving page-turner’ - Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

The List Of Suspicious Things is profoundly original and dazzlingly written’ - Rob Rinder, barrister and TV personality

Susan Fletcher was born in Birmingham and studied English Literature at the University of York. While taking the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, she began her first novel, Eve Green, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award (2004) and Betty Trask Prize (2005). 

Since then, Susan has written seven novels -  supplementing her writing through various roles, including as a cheesemonger and a warden for an archaeological excavation site near Hadrian’s Wall.  Most recently, she has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Worcester. She lives in Warwickshire.

Jennie Godfrey was raised in West Yorkshire and her debut novel is inspired by her childhood there in the 1970s. Jennie is from a mill working family but as the first of a generation born after they closed, went to university and built a career in the corporate world. In 2020, she left and began to write. She is now a writer and part-time bookseller, and lives in Somerset.



A2 The Bath Festival Book Club Event: Jennie Godfrey and Susan Fletcher