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March 29, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

A Criminally Good Afternoon Tea

CL Taylor: Sleep
CL Taylor and Sleep


Laurel and Hardy Room, Park Inn Palace Hotel, Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
(includes author talk and Afternoon Tea)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

This event has been cancelled due to health issues. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Our box office will be contacting all ticket holders to refund them.

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea and take in the splendid view overlooking the World’s longest pleasure pier as the million copy Sunday Times bestselling author, CL Taylor, talks about her latest, and darkest book to date, Sleep.  It’s a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.  Read it if you dare…

“Yet another brilliantly atmospheric page turner. One to curl up under the covers with.” – Michelle Frances, Author of The Girlfriend

Sleep kept me awake until the early hours…extremely creepy, atmospheric and twisty. I never guessed that ending!” – Claire Douglas

“Bloody brilliant…head-rattling, just-one-more-chapter, dark and twisty, epic goodness.” – Joanna Cannon

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on 28 and 29 March.

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The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…


CL Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. CL Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.


Tickets £19.50 – includes Author Talk and Afternoon Tea


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Laurel and Hardy Room, Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
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