Dorothy Koomson in conversation with Lisa Bent


Dorothy Koomson is in conversation with Lisa Bent, on the day her sequel to The Ice Cream Girls is published. Dorothy reads an excerpt from All My Lies Are True and talks about her writing with debut novelist, Lisa. Available now in the MyVLF box office Past events.

Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning, global bestselling author whose novels have been translated into more than 30 languages with sales that exceed 2 million copies in the UK alone. Dorothy’s books are powerful, thought-provoking and compelling ‘emotional thrillers’ where moral dilemmas are central and where the complex emotions of family and friendships are explored. Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006, and her novels The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. A TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was first shown on ITV1 in 2013.  

Dorothy’s novels have all been Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers including That Girl from Nowhere, When I Was Invisible, The Friend and The Brighton Mermaid. She was a 2018 Quick Reads author with The Beach Wedding which was also selected as a World Book Night giveaway title in the same year. The Ice Cream Girls was a 2019 World Book Night title and Dorothy’s 2019 novel, Tell Me Your Secret went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list in hardback. An eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Ice-Cream Girls, entitled All My Lies Are True is published on 9th July 2020. 

Passionate about the importance of reading and literacy, Dorothy is a regular speaker in libraries and at festivals and supports the work of the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy and Little Green Pig Brighton and Hove based charity that offers free writing workshops for young people in need. She is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University and was awarded the prestigious IMAGE Award at the Black British Business Awards in 2019 in recognition of her achievements.  

Dorothy lives in Brighton (well, Hove, actually) and the city is an ever-present character in her novels. 

Lisa Bent  is a Presenter and writer, best known for her radio show Self-central on Colourful Radio, host for Precious Lifestyle Awards and Precious Nights at The British Library.  

She has interviewed a wealth of people on the red carpet, at panel events and Q&A’s including Jennifer Hudson, Danny Boyle and Sir Lenny Henry CBE, to name a few.  

Lisa is part of the #Twentyin2020 cohort; her debut novel Symona’s Still Single will be published by Jacaranda Books in partnership with Foyles in September 2020.  

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