Arrive at 12 noon for 12.30pm, priced £29.50 per person and includes a two course lunch and a glass of wine.
During 2017, Quartet Books published all six of Sally Emerson’s novels as Rediscovered Classics in a newly designed series. The fifth in the set, “Broken Bodies” combines a thriller and passionate romance that draws on the stories of the Elgin marbles and Lord Elgin’s wife, Mary. The plot is based around her letters that Sally Emerson discovered in the British Museum.
Mary accompanied her husband, Lord Elgin to Constantinople when he was appointed ambassador. She went on to introduce the smallpox vaccine to Turkey and Scottish reels to the harem. The when he was imprisoned by Napoleon she enlisted the help of Elgin’s old childhood friend to help in his release and in the process the two fell in love. When Elgin found a love letter, she was ruined and never allowed to see her children again.
At Calcot in March, Sally Emerson will be talking mostly about the charismatic Mary Elgin and Broken Bodies – as well as touching on the challenges and pleasures of having six of her novels reissued and being taken into the 21st century.
At Oxford, Sally Emerson edited Isis magazine going on to win the Catherine Pakenham Award, the Vogue Talent Contest and the Radio Times Young Journalist of the Year title. After university she was assistant editor of Plays and Players then editor of Books and Bookmen publishing early journalism by such future greats as Ian Hislop and Sebastian Faulks, while writing her first novel ‘Second Sight’. Since 2003 she has been travelling all over the world for The Sunday Times, writing about the adventures of travel – to the Galapagos, to the gorillas of Rwanda, to the dead craters of Tanzania. She has also written poetry with appearances in various anthologies.
Sally will take questions from the floor and then there will be a book signing organized by Bath bookshop, ‘Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights’.”