Programme of Events

3 November 2019 4.00pm DOORS OPEN 3.45pm
From Perjury to Passion with Jonathan Aitken

SOLD OUT —email or call us to be added to the waiting/cancellation list.

Prosecco served from 4pm , cream tea 4.30pm, interview starts 5pm – followed by a book signing

The former MP talks about his fall from grace and new life as a prison Chaplain followed by a book signing. This event includes a prosecco cream tea.

The Yarrow Hotel
Ramsgate Rd, Broadstairs

Tickets £15 (includes prosecco cream tea, interview, book signing) are available online (subject to a small booking fee) or from:

The Home Front Tea Room, 13a King Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8NN (Mon to Sat 10:00 to 16:00)

La De Da Boutique  52b High Street, Broadstairs  Kent, CT10 1JT (Mon to Sat 9.30 to 17.00, Sunday 10.00 to 16.00)

Please note that, for anyone travelling from further afield, The Yarrow Hotel are offering special accommodation rates for anyone attending a BroadstairsLit event. If you want to take advantage of this offer, please contact the hotel manager directly, Lee Osborn, at

Our exciting line up for 2020

Full details , venue , ticket prices to follow soon. Please email or call us 07397 337847 to register interest as tickets sell out quickly

  • MARCH – Hallie Rubenhold -The Five
  • APRIL 5th  – Lara Maiklem – Mudlarking , Lost and Found on the River Thames
  • MAY 15th – BroadstairsLit – Murder Mystery Night JUNE 25th  – Clare Mackintosh – After the End
  • OCTOBER 11th Alan Johnson – former Labour MP and cabinet minister for Blair and Brown governments.

Lara Maiklem



Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life.

Moving from the river’s tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, which Lara calls the longest archaeological site in England.

As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories.


Lara Maiklem moved from her family’s farm to London in the 1990s and has been mudlarking along the River Thames for fifteen years. She now lives with her family on the Kent coast in Broadstairs within easy reach of the river, which she visits as regularly as the tides permit. This is her first book.

Twitter: @LondonMudlark / Instagram: @london.mudlark

Clare Mackintosh -After The End

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With more than two million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Timesbestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.

Both Clare’s second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her books were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Clare’s latest novel, After the End, was published in June 2019 and spent seven weeks in theSunday Times hardback bestseller chart. Together, Clare’s books have been published in more than forty countries. Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Alan Johnson

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Alan Johnson was General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union before entering Parliament as Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle in 1997. He served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. 

His childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ was published by Bantam Press on 9th May 2013. It won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the Orwell Prize, Britain’s top political writing award.  His second volume of memoirs.

‘Please Mr Postman’, was published in September 2014 and won the National Book Club award for Best Biography. 

The final book in his memoir trilogy, ‘The Long and winding Road’, was published in September 2016 and won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.

Alan retired as an MP before the 2017 general election after 20 years as an MP.

On 20th September 2018 his latest book, ‘In My Life – A Music Memoir’ was launched at Studio 2, Abbey Road where the Beatles made almost all of their records.

He and his wife Carolyn live in East Yorkshire.

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