Claire Fuller and Diana Evans

The 1960s, free love, creativity ... then fast forward to busy working couples with children in today's frantic metropolis. Authors Claire Fuller and Diana Evans discuss the similarities and contrasts in their work, addressing marriage and sexual infidelity, parenthood, cultural identity and belonging, racial identity and politics.

Claire Fuller's latest novel Bitter Orange, an atmospheric tale set during the long hot summer of 1969, is the story of a woman's obsession with a couple she meets at a dilapidated country house. A tale of entangled lives, loneliness and belonging, hedonism and repression, and the boundaries between truth and lies. Diana Evans's Ordinary People, a razor-sharp analysis of modern life in the metropolis, has been described by The Guardian as 'a forensic psychological portrayal of the disenchantment and estrangement of long-term relationships'.

Claire has written two other novels, Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize, and Swimming Lessons, which was shortlisted for the Encore Prize. She lives in Hampshire. Diana's first novel, 26A, won the Orange Award for New Writers, the Betty Trask Award and the deciBel Writer of the Year award. She lives in London.

Hosted by author and journalist Nicolette Jones.

Friday 22 February, Assembly Rooms, 7–8.15pm. £10 Includes a complimentary glass of wine.