A best-selling author will be coming to Bridport for a special literary event.

Best-selling author Patrick Gale, - whose book Mother’s Boy came out in paperback this year - will be giving a talk as part of the Bridport Literary Festival (BridLit).

Bridport Literary Festival takes place in November and the programme is due to be unveiled at the beginning of August.

In a pre-programme announcement, BridLit has unveiled a special book club event with Patrick Gale.

The talk will be at The Bull Hotel ballroom on Monday, November 6 at 4pm.

Loosely based on the life of Charles Causley, this is a coming-of-age novel of class, desire and two world wars.

Festival director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart said: "Cornish laundress Laura meets her husband in 1914, only to be later widowed with a young child, Charles.

"As a new war looms, Charles signs up for the navy as a coder, relishing his escape from the tight gossipy confines of Launceston. Here he experiences the excitement and terror of a love as clandestine as his work.

"Gale crafts a complex and tender rendering of the relationship between a dauntless mother and her son, who for much of his remarkable life, must hide in plain sight."

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Book clubs are being invited by BridLit to put Mother's Boy on their autumn reading list and then meet the author.

This is a book club event and copies of Mother’s Boy purchased from The Book Shop in South Street, Bridport, prior to the event will be eligible for a 15% discount for book club members.

Mrs Bruce-Lockhart said: "Block bookings may be seated together if you give the name of your book club when booking, and we encourage lively post-event discussion." 

The festival, the main sponsor of which is West Dorset law firm Kitson & Trotman, takes place in venues in and around the town from November 5 – 11.

The programme will be unveiled at the beginning of August, with priority booking for sponsors and Friends of Bridport Literary Festival when tickets go on sale on August 4 and then to the general public three weeks later.