Top writers are VIP guests at our lunch

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THREE top authors will open the book on themselves and their work at the Courier Literary Lunch next month.

The diverse line-up for the Meet The Authors event includes an international best-selling chick-lit author, a writer of detective fiction and television scriptwriter, and a debut novelist fast following in the footsteps of James Herriot.

Former newspaper journalist Jane Costello wrote her first novel, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave.

It became an instant best-seller, nominated for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance.

She followed that with The Nearly-Weds which was named by the Romantic Novelists’ Association as Romantic Comedy of the Year 2010.

Jane’s books are now sold around the world and translated into 15 languages.

She has also had huge success with My Single Friend and her latest, Girl On The Run.

Jane is now working in her fifth novel.

Bradford-born Cath Staincliffe is not only revered for her best-selling and acclaimed books, but also for her talent as a scriptwriter.

Cath is the creator of ITV’s hit police series Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin.

She made her name with her Sal Kilkenny mysteries, the first of which, Looking For Trouble, was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey best first novel award and which was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Cath’s latest novels each feature ordinary people facing ethical dilemmas. Witness is her newest release.

Steve Greenhalgh is an RSPCA inspector turned author and his nostalgic and heart-warming debut novel, A Seal Pup In My Bath, features amazing tales of wrestling with swans in high street traffic and venturing on to a canal in a boat with only one oar to save a cat, while Rolf Harris provided a running commentary for Animal Hospital.

The most memorable occasion for the Lancashire-based writer was when a distressed seal pup was delivered to his house – that and tackling an angry four-foot snake in a flimsy budgie cage.

All three authors will be on hand to meet their fans, as well as sign and sell copies of their books, at the literary lunch which is being held at Bertie’s, Elland, on Wednesday, June 22.

The day begins with a reception at 11.30am and includes a three- course Yorkshire summer lunch.

Tickets are £24.50 each or £230 for a table of 10 and are available from Halifax Courier reception, King Cross Street, Halifax, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Bookings can also be made by credit or debit card by ringing 01422 260272 or 260277.