Known for her successful contemporary works of fiction including: The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress, Daughters in Law and City of Friends.

Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty years and has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing fiction today.

After winning a scholarship to Oxford University, Joanna joined the Foreign Office and then became a teacher of English. She began writing ‘to fill the long spaces after the children had gone to bed’ and for many years combined her writing career with working as a teacher. Her most recently-published novel, An Unsuitable Match, was received with great acclaim in February 2018.

With the recent announcement of ‘Mum and Dad’, the upcoming novel which is due to be published in March 2020, Joanna visits The Brewhouse for a special ‘in conversation’. So join us here next March to find out how she has honed her craft, to hear more about her new release, and to perhaps get your book signed!


Synopsis of upcoming novel ‘Mum and Dad’:


“What a mess,” she thought now, “What an unholy mess the whole family has got itself into”.

25 years ago, Gus and Monica abandoned England to build a new life in southern Spain, starting a vineyard and a wine business. Then Gus, in his early 70s, has a sudden stroke, and his and Monica’s three adult children have to ride to the rescue.

Sebastian, the eldest, lives in London, and is fully occupied with his own business, which he set up with his wife, Anna, who has never got on with her mother-in-law.

Katie, the middle one and only daughter, is a successful London solicitor, but is already distracted by her own family difficulties.

And Jake, the youngest and ever the easy-going optimist, has to convince his new wife, Bella, that moving to Spain with their 18-month old, would solve all their problems.

As these children descend on the bodega, each one has a different view of both the situation and its solution. They are, after all, parents themselves, as well as being Gus and Margot’s children.

Age-old resentments surface, aggravated by new and unbearable tensions. Can the family, as a family, ever survive?

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions
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21 March 2020 7:30PM

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