Books by the Beach 2020

Talks, Events

From family drama to life changing health choices – there’s something for everyone.

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2020 Programme


2020 brings a feast of personal stories from a life-saving paramedic to a lone hiker whose survival in the USA desert made international headlines. A high profile hostage negotiator shares tales of the Middle East and we release diaries from behind UK prison bars.

The bicentenary of Anne Brontë’s birth is this year’s classic launch, set at St. Mary’s Church, below the castle. Ancient Egypt offers up ‘Secrets from the Coffin’ and there’s eye watering yarns of Icelandic seas at the yacht club and lighthouse.

Fictional crime and suspense worlds are reflected through spy glasses and there’s an unmissable chiller dinner at the Crescent Hotel. There’s a new slant on Shakespeare’s most famous play and we look back at the ups and downs of the last decade. TV hit Grantchester comes to the SJT and a star shines brightly at the Spa.

From family drama to life changing health choices – there’s something for everyone at this year’s Books by the Beach. So get your tickets, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.


Samantha Ellis: Anne Brontë - 200 Years
Friday 24 April, 10am – 11am
Tickets: £6
Venue: St. Mary’s Church

B A Paris & Charlotte Philby: I, Spy... Secrets & Lies!
Friday 24 April, 1pm – 2pm
Tickets: £7
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Joann Fletcher - Ancient Egypt: Secrets from the Coffin
Friday 24 April, 3pm – 4pm
Tickets: £7
Venue: Scarborough Library

Jake Jones: Can You Hear Me? - A Paramedic’s Encounters with Life & Death
Friday 24 April, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Tickets: £6
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet
Friday 24 April, 7.30pm –8.30pm
Tickets: £9
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Horatio Clare: Icebreakers & Frozen Seas
Saturday 25 April, 10am – 11.15am
Tickets: £10 (includes lighthouse tour)
Venue: Scarborough Yacht Club

James Runcie: Grantchester
Saturday 25 April, 1pm – 2pm
Tickets: £8
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Polly Toynbee & David Walker: The Lost Decade
Saturday 25 April, 3pm – 4pm
Tickets: £7
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Tom Watson: Downsizing
Saturday 25 April, 5pm – 6pm
Tickets: £7
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Louise Doughty’s Chiller Dinner
Saturday 25 April, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Tickets £30 (includes 3 course dinner)
Venue: The Crescent Hotel

Sunday Papers Discussion
with Louise Doughty, Tom Watson & Helen Boaden
Sunday 26 April, 10.30am – 11.30am
Tickets: £7
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Terry Waite: Amnesty International Event
Sunday 26 April, 1pm – 2pm
Tickets: Donation on door for Amnesty International. Seat reservations needed from SJT.
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Claire Nelson: Things I Learned from Falling
Sunday 26 April, 3pm – 4pm
Tickets: £6
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Chris Atkins: Prison Diaries
Sunday 26 April, 5pm – 6pm
Tickets: £6
Venue: Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Jenny Éclair: Inheritance
Sunday 26 April, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Tickets: £12 (plus Spa booking fee. Tickets for this event from Spa Theatre)
Venue: The Spa Theatre

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