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Perhaps you have seen the recent film Widows, a heist film directed by Steve McQueen, based upon the 1983 ITV series of the same name. The plot follows a group of women who attempt a heist in order to pay back a crime boss after their criminal husbands are killed on a botched job.
What you might not know is that the movie and the TV series are based on the novel Widows by British queen of crime Lynda La Plante and that now you can have dinner with her.
This literary event is organised by Dymocks, Camberwell at the well-known restaurant Georges in Burke Road.
La Plante will be interviewed by local crime author, Sarah Bailey and guests will also enjoy a two-course chef-prepared meal as well as wine, beer, soft drink, tea and coffee.
After the formal part of the evening, you will have a chance to have your copies of Lynda La Plante books signed. Dymocks will be selling her new book, as well as a selection of previous titles, on the night.
Although there may be a limit to the number of books (per person) the author is able to autograph.
Finding out more about Lynda La Plante should be fascinating as she has had a diverse career in the creative arts. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress.
When she turned to writing, her breakthrough was the ultra-successful TV series, Widows. All her novels have become international bestsellers.
Her original script for the much-acclaimed Prime Suspect won awards from BAFTA, Emmy, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
She has scripted and produced over 170 hours of television and is one of only three screenwriters to have been made an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute. She was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Best Writer Award in 2000.
In 2008, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. And in 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc); the first non-scientist to be inducted into the professional body – receiving the award for the accuracy of forensic science in her work.
Born in Liverpool she now lives in London and New York. I guess crime pays.
*Ticket includes your meals and drinks.
Below is an interview with La Plante at the premiere of the movie, Widows.