Lissa Evans
Event 10
Saturday 13th October, 5:00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Doctor, producer, novelist

This is an archived event from the 2018 Programme.


 Lissa Evans in conversation with fellow-novelist Antonia Honeywell

©Alys Tomlinson


Novelist Lissa Evans grew up in the West Midlands. She comes from a family of voracious readers and spent most of her adolescence in the local library.

After studying medicine at Newcastle University, she worked as a junior doctor for four years, before deciding to change to a career in which she wasn’t terrified the entire time. A job in BBC Radio light entertainment followed, and then a switch to television, where she produced and directed several successful series including Room 101 and Father Ted, for which she won a BAFTA.

Her first book Spencer’s List was published in 2002. Since then she’s written four more novels for adults. One of these Their Finest Hour and a Half was filmed in 2017 as Their Finest – starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton – while Crooked Heart was long-listed for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2015.

Her latest novel Old Baggage was published in June.

She has also written three hugely popular novels for children, two of which – Small Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit – have been shortlisted for the Costa Award for Children’s Fiction and the Carnegie Medal.

Lissa Evans will be interviewed by fellow-novelist Antonia Honeywell, whose novel The Ship was published to great critical acclaim in 2015.