AUTHOR suppers in Steyning for the new year begin with an event ‘a little more special than usual’.
Steyning Bookshop owner Sara Bowers said her High Street shop had a lovely week of celebrations for its 30th anniversary before Christmas and was now looking forward to the new year.
“The first is on Thursday, January 22, one of our popular author suppers at The Sussex Produce Café.
“This event is a little more special than usual because the author, Rebecca Whitney, is the daughter of a much-loved Steyning character, Terry Whitney, who died in August.”
An accomplished jazz pianist, Terry was a major figure in the Sussex jazz scene who had played with famous musicians like Danny Moss and was an active member of Steyning Jazz Club and Steyning Music Society.
Mrs Bowers added: “Earlier in the year, he had come to the bookshop to see me, absolutely thrilled because his daughter Rebecca had had the rights to her first novel purchased by Macmillan at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
“Editor Sophie Orme acquired world rights to this novel, The Liar’s Chair, and was commissioning a second novel by Rebecca. She called the novel ‘an intelligent, heart-in-your-mouth thriller and a stunning psychological portrait of a woman in search of atonement’, predicting that fans of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard (Faber) would ‘absolutely love’ the new novel.”
The book was published in hardback on Thursday and is available at £12.99.
Tickets for the author supper are £25, to include a two-course meal and a signed and dedicated copy of the book.
Following the meal, Rebecca will be in conversation with her Macmillan publicist, Samantha Eades. She will be talking about her novel and Samantha will add some interesting insights into the world of publishing.
Tickets are available from Steyning Bookshop on 01903 812062 or the Sussex Produce Company on 01903 815045.