BEST-SELLING author and actress Carol Drinkwater paid a visit to Chester Lane Library to give a treat to book-lovers.

Carol, known for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the television adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small and five part documentary film series, The Olive Route, gave a talk at the Sutton Manor library about novels and life as an olive farmer in Provence.

In front of an audience of 45 people, she spoke with the head of libraries' service, Sue Williamson, about her experiences as a writer, farmer and actress and her work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive

Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean – and also gave a talk about her latest novel, The Lost Girl.

The memorable evening also gave audience members the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with Carol and buy signed copies of her books, including The Lost Girl – a heart-rending story of loss and enduring love.

Hailing the evening a success, Sue Williamson said: “What a fantastic evening we had welcoming a truly remarkable lady into one of our libraries to talk about her fascinating life as a successful actress, farmer and author.

“As a Library Service, I’m delighted that we are able to host events like this, and given our recent success in securing significant funding on the back of achieving Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation

status, we are in a strong position going forward as we look to further improve our already fantastic cultural programme for public enjoyment.”

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