Black Crow

I’m delighted to announce a very special fundraising event in aid of the St Peter Project in Fishbourne. The Church Room was built in Fishbourne in 1909, some way from the church across the (often muddy and flooded) Fishbourne Marshes.  The St Peter Project has been working tirelessly to raise funds to build a modern church hall on land adjacent to the church and have almost achieved their target.  Having grown up in Fishbourne, I am delighted to be taking part in a special evening to help support the campaign.

On Friday 25th April at 7.30pm in the Assembly Rooms in Chichester, I’ll be giving a sneak preview of The Taxidermist’s Daughter – my new Gothic thriller (which is set in Fishbourne in 1912) – the first ‘official’ event about the novel, which doesn’t come out until September. I’ll be talking about my inspirations (think Daphne du Maurier meets The Mill on the Floss!), from childhood visits to Walter Potter’s Museum of Curiosities in Arundel in the 1970s to recent research in the West Sussex Record Office researching the wettest summer on record in Sussex, as the water levels continued to rise and rise and rise. There will be music, there’ll be wonderful food and drink from Nik Westacott – proprietor of The Old Greenhouse in Fishbourne – there will be conversation.  Then, at the end of the evening, we will auction two characters names – a ‘goodie’ and a ‘baddie’ – whose names will appear in The Taxidermist’s Daughter.

My thanks go to Henry Adams for their support of the event and everyone involved in setting this up. Numbers are strictly limited, but even if you don’t fancy seeing your name appear in print, do come along and support this wonderful local project.  All proceeds go to the St Peter Project.  For more background information, there’s an interview in this week’s Chichester Observer, and all ticket information is below.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter.  It’s back to my writing desk for me …..


The Assembly Room, North Street, Chichester
Tickets £17


Click here for a downloadable flyer.


Please contact Helen Frost for more details: or 01243 785378

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