Winchelsea: Alex Preston – Rye Arts Festival

Novelist Alex Preston will be in conversation with Adam Nicolson, to discuss his new novelWinchelsea, an electrifying story of smuggling, vengeance and transformation set in the famous 18th-century Sussex town on the edges of Romney Marsh and on the High Seas!

The year is 1742. Goody Brown, saved from drowning and adopted when just a babe, has grown up happily in the smuggling town of Winchelsea. Then, when Goody turns sixteen, her father is murdered in the night by men he thought were friends. To find justice in a lawless land, Goody must enter the cut-throat world of her fathers killers. With her beloved brother Francis, she joins a rival gang of smugglers. Facing high seas and desperate villains, she also discovers something else: an existence without constraints or expectations, a taste for danger that makes her blood run fast. Goody was never born to be a gentlewoman. But what will she become instead?

Winchelsea is an electrifying story of vengeance and transformation; a rare, lyrical and transporting work of historical imagination that makes the past so real we can touch it.

Alex Preston will also be in conversation with author Robert Harris earlier in the day at his talk in St Mary’s at 11:30am.

Imagine Daphne du Maurier crossed with Quentin Tarantino, and you will have some idea of just what a thrilling, bloody and heady ride this novel is, Tom Holland.

The event is finished.


Sep 10 2022


3:00 pm - 4:10 pm




St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7LB


Rye Arts Festival


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