World Book Night at Hull Central Library

Yorkshire & Humberside
Event date/time
23 April, 5:00pm
Event location
Hull Central Library

Hull Central Library
Albion Street


Meet TV Quiz Researcher and Read Regional Author
Sarah Dunnakey
Enjoy an Evening of Books and Quizzes
Bring a Book to Swap


The evening will start with a talk followed by Q&A with our author, Sarah Dunnakey.
After brief stints as a college librarian, an education officer and an NHS researcher, Sarah Dunnakey landed her dream job as a Question Researcher on Mastermind. She now writes and verifies the questions for a plethora of TV shows including University Challenge and Pointless. Sarah’s work, especially researching the Specialist Subjects on Mastermind, has been a rich source of ideas for her writing. The Companion is Sarah’s first novel, a mystery set in Yorkshire in the 1930s and the present day. Billy Shaw has grown up at Potter’s Pleasure Palace, a cotton mill turned entertainment emporium, but at the age of almost-12 he is sent to be the companion to another boy, Jasper, who lives with his mother and uncle, the writers Edie and Charles Harper, in an isolated house on the moors. Four years after Billy’s arrival Edie and Charles are found dead. It is ruled a joint suicide. Billy’s story is interwoven with that of Anna Sallis, who in the present day is the newly appointed archivist at the museum now housed in the old mill. Sorting through the collections she finds inconsistencies in the accepted story of what happened to the Harpers and begins to untangle fact from fiction and pieces together the truth.

We will then have a selection of book related quizzes, book swapping sessions and general chat about books over tea and coffee.

The event is free (donations welcome for the provision of refreshments). It is open to everyone but will be more tailored to an adult audience. Bookings can be made in advance through Eventbrite, or people are welcome to just turn up on the night.