You might have seen me talking on social media about The Maray Book Club and wondered what it’s all about. I had the idea earlier this year to launch a regular event in my home city, combining excellent food with a visit from a guest author in the lovely atmosphere of one of my favourite restaurants, Maray. Tickets always include a selection of delicious dishes, a copy of the author’s new book and a glass of wine. The response has been wonderful and last night’s event with Dorothy Koomson was just brilliant - I loved every minute of it. I took my usual role as host and we talked all about Dorothy’s writing and her fifteenth novel, Tell Me Your Secret, which is out now in hardback. She was a brilliant speaker - warm, funny and so insightful on the subject of her writing and her journey to becoming one of Britain’s most successful authors. The food was absolutely top notch. Among a feast of dishes, we had lamb schwarma, sweet potato with date molasses and tahini, fattoush salad and Maray’s famous cauli. These events have proved to be a hot ticket and sell out incredibly fast, but subscribers to my newsletter ALWAYS get priority booking. The next one – on 10th October – will feature an appearance by Anstey Harris, whose book, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton, is a current Richard and Judy pick. If you’re at all interested in coming to any future events, do sign up to my newsletter in the box on the home page of this website to avoid disappointment!