Diane Setterfield

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is Diane Setterfield's richly atmospheric, enthralling new novel: A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames... The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

Diane's debut novel The Thirteenth Tale was published in 38 countries and has sold more than three million copies. It was adapted for television, starring Vanessa Redgrave. Diane lives in Oxford by the Thames. When not writing she reads widely, and when not actually reading she is usually talking or thinking about reading. She is, she says, ‘a reader first, a writer second.’

Diane will be in conversation with former BBC journalist Julia Wheeler.

Saturday 23 February, Alexander Centre, Main Hall, 3.30–4.30pm. £5