Eleanor Anstruther and Paul Mendez

This session presents two very exciting debut novels from writers who have each been fearless in rattling family skeletons or using elements of autobiography to come up with something fresh and startling.  Eleanor Anstruther’s  A Perfect Explanation was inspired by her discovery that her grandmother, the granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Argyll, sold her father to her aunt for £500 to raise him as her own. Paul Mendez worked as an actor before settling into a writing career. His Rainbow Milk draws, in its portrayal of a boy’s search for his true, Jamaican father, on his own troubled early life as an “unfellowshipped” gay son of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Black Country. Eleanor and Paul will be in conversation with the artistic director of the upcoming Falmouth Book Festival, Colin Midson.

This event is supported by Patrick Gale.

To read a Guardian review of A Perfect Explanation click here.
To read a Daily Mail article about the book click here
To visit Eleanor’s website click here.
Follow Eleanor on Twitter: @ellieansntruther.
To watch Eleanor’s short film made as part of our NCBF At Home season, click here[PG1] .

To read a TLS article by Paul on the perceived failure of multiculturalism click here
To read an interview with Paul in the London Evening Standard, click here.
To read an interview with Paul in Attitude magazine, click here.
To watch Paul’s short film made as part of our NCBF At Home season, click here.
Follow Paul on Twitter: @pjmendez_.
The Cutfield Freeman Marquee
St Endellion Church
St Endellion
Port Isaac
PL29 3TP