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The Pact and 56 Days

Sharon Bolton and Catherine Ryan Howard Chaired by Carolyn Kirby

Saturday, 26 March 2022

2:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

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Two bestselling thriller writers, Sharon (formerly S J) Bolton and Catherine Ryan Howard, about their new novels The Pact, a twisty thriller set in Oxford, and 56 Days, a lockdown thriller set during the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bolton’s Pact finds six talented young friends during a golden summer looking forward to the brightest of futures. From wealthy, privileged families, they all have places at top universities and are dreaming of fabulous careers. And then, the night before their A level results, a daredevil game goes horribly wrong.

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Bolton’s first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award (part of the prestigious Edgars) in the US.

In Ryan Howard’s 56 Days, Ciara and Oliver meet in a Dublin supermarket and start dating the same week that Covid-19 reaches Ireland. As lockdown threatens to separate them, Oliver suggests they move in together. For Ciara, it is a chance for a relationship to flourish away from family and friends. For Oliver, it is a chance to hide who and what he really is. 56 days later, detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to find a decomposing body. Ryan Howard is author of The Nothing Man, which went straight into the Irish bestseller charts and was a Kindle No 1 bestseller in the UK. Ryan Howard was born in Cork and her debut thriller Distress Signals was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller.

Discussions are chaired by Carolyn Kirby, a crime writer and author of The Conviction of Cora Burns and When We Fall.

This event is part of the festival’s crime fiction programme.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland