The Big Book Group event: Emily Howes – The Painter’s Daughters

Tickets £8


Join us for our popular Big Book Group event

An award-winning debut that vividly evokes the world of polite Regency English society, Emily Howes’ novel tells the story of Peggy and Molly, the daughters of artist Thomas Gainsborough. The sisters spy on their father while he works, antagonise their mother as she struggles to balance the books and run barefoot through the muddy fields of Suffolk. But Peggy has a secret, her sister has a tendency to forget and to fall into mental confusion. It’s a fact she’s determined nobody else should discover. The Painter’s Daughters explores family dynamics, mental illness, sisterly love, and asks whether one person can truly change the fate of another.


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‘A moving exploration of the familial ties that bind us and the grief of a life half-lived’ Elizabeth Macneal

‘Vividly imagined and exquisitely brought to the page’ Rachel Joyce


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Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email:
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.


Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


01 May 2024


6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

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