Forthright, intrepid and engaging, Ann Widdecombe was at the centre of Conservative politics for over twenty years, During her time in opposition she wrote her first novel, THE CLEMATIS TREE, which was published in 2000 and became a Sunday Times bestseller. It tells the moving story of a family torn apart after their son is severely injured in an accident. Ann has gone on to write a further three novels and one detective novel, THE DANCING DETECTIVE. In 2013 she published her memoir STRICTLY ANN which again was a Sunday Times bestseller. In her talk, Ann will focus on her career as an author and her life following her retirement from politics in 2010 which got off to a thrilling start with her performance in BBC1’s 2010 Strictly Come Dancing. Ann has gone on to perform in Donizetti’s ‘La Fille du Regiment’ at the Royal Opera House as well as starring in a number of pantomimes. A regular contributor and presenter of television documentaries, she appeared most recently in Sugar Free Farm on ITV. Ann lives on Dartmoor in Devon, writes a weekly column for the Daily Express and is currently working on her fifth novel, AN ACT OF BROTHERHOOD, which is the final book in the trilogy formed by AN ACT OF PEACE and AN ACT OF TREACHERY.
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