On the sunny Greek island of Skios
, as its expat community gears up for the social event of the year, a case of mistaken identity sparks a rapid chain of mayhem that threatens to topple the status quo.
PAPERBACKS 1 Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn 2 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson 3 Gangsta Granny, David Walliams 4 The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce 5 Skios
, Michael Frayn 6 Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things), Liz Pichon 7 The Fault In Our Stars, John Green 8 A Game of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire, George RR Martin 9 Peaches For Monsieur Le Cure, Joanne Harris 10 The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year, Sue Townsend HARDBACKS 1 Light, Michael Grant 2 Levels Of Life, Julian Barnes
THE STORY: Handsome young playboy Oliver Fox arrives on the Greek island of Skios for a romantic rendezvous when he accidentally picks up a suitcase belonging to Dr.
"So much of his new novel, Skios, is so expertly written and such genuine fun, it seems ill-mannered to quibble about the dubious premise.
The celebrated author of Noises Off, which coincidentally has a run at Newcastle Theatre Royal when he's in Hexham, will introduce latest novel Skios
. Meanwhile the festival also boasts theatre critic Susannah Clapp recalling Angela Carter and actress Phyllida Law - mother of fellow actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson - who will talk about her memoir called How Many Camels Are There in Holland?
by Michael Frayn (Faber and Faber, pounds 15.99) Best known for the play Noises Off, Frayn's novels are an even greater delight.