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Lisa Jewell and Dorothy Koomson

Becky Grace

14 Jul 2023

Legends of the thriller world coming to Maidstone

Maidstone LitFest is delighted to welcome two absolute masters of the thriller novel to the festival lineup.

Lisa Jewell's first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999 and was the best-selling debut novel of the year.

Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most lately a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone, both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks.

Lisa is a top 10 New York Times and number one Sunday Times author and has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages.

In her latest thriller, None of This is True, a podcaster's life threatens to unravel when she allows her 'birthday twin' to inveigle their way into her life in a barnstorming thriller-ride.

"A pitch-black fever dream of a book – dark, twisty and more compelling than ever." Ruth Ware


Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning, global bestselling author of 18 novels, known as the ‘Queen of the Big Reveal’.

Her emotional thrillers have connected with readers all over the world and are regularly Sunday Times bestsellers.

Her books have sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone and have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Dorothy featured on the 2021 Powerlist as one of the most influential Black people in Britain, appeared in GQ Style as a Black British trailblazer, and was a judge for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

2023 marks Dorothy’s 20th anniversary as a published author. A special anniversary edition of her debut novel, The Cupid Effect, has been published by Headline.

Her latest novel, My Other Husband, is about a mystery writer in the middle of a divorce, when someone tries to frame her for murder – in the same ways as the crimes she pens.

She has an alibi, but using it would reveal one of her most devastating secrets…

"A brilliant rollercoaster of a thriller about obsessive love and hidden secrets. Tense, twisty and unputdownable. I loved it!" Claire Douglas


Tickets will go on sale in August.

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