Book Group 1 – Authors

Notes about some of the Authors whose books we have read

Lissa Evans

After a brief career in medicine, and an even briefer one in stand-up, Lissa Evans became a comedy producer, first in radio and then in television.  Her first novel, Spencer’s List, was published in 2002, and since then she has written three more books for adults (two of them longlisted for the Orange/Baileys Prize) and two for children (the first of them shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal).  Her two most recent books for adults were set in London during the Second World War; one of them, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’ has now been made into a film entitled ‘Their Finest’, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. Her book The Crooked Heart was our book of the month in April 2020.

Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes is related to Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame.   She has five official companion books to Downton Abbey.   Her murder mystery, The Mitford Murders, was our book of the month in October 2020 and is set in the same era.   She is an author, journalist and public speaker.

Guinevere Glasfurd

Guinevere Glasfurd‘s short fiction has appeared in Mslexia, the Scotsman and in a collection from The National Galleries of Scotland.  The Words In My Hand, her first novel, was written with the support of a grant from Arts Council England.  She manages the Words and Women Twitter feed, a voluntary organisation representing women writers in the East of England and can be found online at and @guingb.

Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson is a Scottish author and broadcaster.  After focussing on journalism and non-fiction, including the Sunday Times bestseller Where Memories Go, she moved into fiction with the publication in 2018 of her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift, a book that the Book Group thoroughly enjoyed.   Her second novel, The Ninth Child, was published in March 2020.

Philippa Moseley

We read Diary of a Medieval Lady.  Philippa has written several other historical fiction books.

Book Group 1 – Books read