WHETHER you like your stories scary, thrilling, gritty or romantic – this year the Portsmouth Bookfest has something for you.
The annual literary celebration, organised by the Hayling Island Bookshop and the city’s library service, returns next month with a huge range of bestselling authors.
Topping the bill is rarely-seen ex-SAS soldier – and the best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero – Andy McNab, who will be appearing in one of many events taking place from October 20 to November 4.
There will be a talk from horror master James Herbert, whose novels including The Rats and The Fog have sold more than 42 million copies worldwide.
The hugely popular CSI Portsmouth crime fiction discussion panel will return, with top writers RJ Ellory, Ann Cleeves and Hayling Island’s Pauline Rowson appearing alongside real detectives and forensic experts.
Also on the bill is the creator of the book that became hit-film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach, debut novelist Tanya Byrne, and the woman behind the bestselling Labyrinth, Kate Mosse.
Andy McNab said: ‘I’m looking forward to meeting people face-to-face, telling some stories and explaining where the ideas for my books come from.
‘We all enjoy hearing a good tale, and that’s what reading is all about.
‘If I can help get a few more people using their libraries and coming along to events like this, then great.’
Claire Forsyth, the city council’s Bookfest organiser, said: ‘We’re so pleased at the range and calibre of authors appearing.
‘What better way to enthuse people about reading than meeting the people who create the stories.’
She added: ‘This annual event has grown since it started three years ago, and we’re delighted so many people enjoy it.’
Tickets go on sale on Monday and can be bought from any Portsmouth library branch or the Hayling Island Bookshop.
For more information visit portsmouthbookfest.co.uk or call (023) 9268 8037.