35 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Contemporary women’s fiction confronts serious issues with humour, compassion, and just the right amount of romance. Our panel discusses how to create a satisfying, original story and engaging characters while dealing with social problems relevant to women today.
April Hardy’s Sitting Pretty begins with a failed marriage and abrupt homelessness before taking a detour into the rich comic terrain of petsitting for the wealthy; new novel Kind Hearts & Coriander centres on a bereaved
woman’s plan to find out the truth about her father by infiltrating his quirky
hotel, only to find friendship and possible romance among the staff.
Nadiya Hussain’s The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters is a family saga featuring four sisters from the only Muslim family in a quaint British village. Each sister is already struggling with her own secret, but family tragedy forces them to pull together.
Sue Moorcroft’s award-wining novels – from All That Mullarkey, which begins with the literal writing on the wall for a doomed marriage, to The Christmas Promise, whose heroine makes a life-changing promise without even realising it – are famous for balancing authentic struggle with reassuring warmth. Her new book Just for the Holidays will be published in May.
Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation