Penshurst authors



Deborah Lawrenson has written eight novels and her writing is praised for its vivid sense of place.


The Art of Falling was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick in 2005. She has appeared on the Channel4 TV Book Club with her novel set in the South of France, The Lantern, which was published to critical acclaim in the USA, and shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2012. Her most recent novel is 300 Days of Sun, which is set in Portugal and was selected as a Great Group Read for America’s National Reading Group Month last October.



David Lough is the highly-praised author of No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, the first full, lifetime narrative of Winston Churchill’s precarious private finances.


David is a retired banker and Oxford history scholar. His researches unearthed new material and tell the fascinating story of Churchill and his finances for the first time. The Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail and Guardian listed the book among their ‘books of the year’ for 2015; it was shortlisted for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Prize 2016.



Robert Rees is best known in the village as “The Panto King” with his witty words and music. And now he has written a novel!


A Season in the Sun is a charming tale of a Seychelles legacy, village cricket and foul play. Henry Fanshawe, the last family member of Fanshawes Commodities in the City of London, leads a quiet life trading spices in a large dealing room. His day consists of ignoring requests to tidy his desk, making money and spending it on his three great loves: French landscape paintings, fine wine, and cricket. But the new City does not agree with him, and he finds himself falsely accused of financial chicanery, and summarily dismissed. It is similar in style to PG Wodehouse and William Boyd. According to Robert.
Ivan Carson is well-known as the village’s dashing tree surgeon, river fisherman and sportsman, and his book Be Back by Teatime has enchanted all who read it.


A devoted angler from his early childhood, he takes us on an excursion through the famous Kentish countryside surrounding Penshurst and the river Medway. In a charming cocktail of childhood memories, fishing tips, and an angler’s guide to the area, Ivan introduces us to the beauty and enjoyment of barbel fishing in this delightful part of the country.


Martin Barraud, photographer and village campaign leader extraordinaire, is the editor and publisher of the Hardinge Diaries.


Major Robert Hardinge MC 10th Scottish Rifles was one of the 50 men from the village who died in the Great War, and left war diaries and letters that were published in 1917. After researching the Penshurst fallen for an event in the church to mark the centenary of the outbreak of way, Martin decided to republish the book in his memory. There is more information about “The 50” in the Eden Valley Museum tent.


Also on sale – “50”. A booklet prepared by Robert Rees, Martin Barraud, Christine Price and Andy Bodle, describing the all too brief lives of the fifty World War One servicemen whose names are recorded in Penshurst Church.