AJ West in Conversation with Susan Stokes-Chapman

Join AJ West as he discusses his new novel The Betrayal of Thomas True with fellow author Susan Stokes-Chapman. Set amidst the buried streets of Georgian London, The Betrayal of Thomas True is a brutal and devastating thriller, where love must overcome evil, and the only true sin is betrayal…

AJ & Susan will guide you through the dark and fabulous underworld of Georgian London’s secret Molly houses. Meet the infamous Mother Clap and her flamboyant and outrageous mollies, learn about the very real dangers that lurked in the shadows of every backstreet drinking house, and listen to the touching true stories AJ discovered in the Old Bailey archives.

The Betrayal of Thomas True:

It is the year 1715, and Thomas True has arrived on old London Bridge with a dangerous secret. One night, lost in the squalor of London’s hidden back streets, he finds himself drawn into the outrageous underworld of the molly houses.

Meanwhile, carpenter Gabriel Griffin struggles to hide his double life as Lotty, the molly’s stoic guard. When a young man is found murdered, he realises there is a rat amongst them, betraying their secrets to a pair of murderous Justices.

Can Gabriel unmask the traitor before they hang? Can he save hapless Thomas from peril, and their own forbidden love? 

A.J. West‘s bestselling debut novel The Spirit Engineer won the HWA Debut Crown Award. His second novel, The Betrayal of Thomas True will be published in July 2024. West grew up in Buckinghamshire, before studying English Literature in Preston. He previously worked as an award-winning network television and radio news presenter and reporter. To find out more, please visit: www.ajwestauthor.com

Susan Stokes-Chapman was born in 1985 and grew up in the historic Georgian city of Lichfield, Staffordshire. She studied for four years at Aberystwyth University, graduating with a BA in Education & English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, Pandora, became an instant Sunday Times number-one bestseller. She lives in North Wales. You can find Susan on Instagram and Twitter (X) under than handle @SStokesChapman. Her website is www.susanstokeschapman.com.


Jul 10 2024


7:30 pm




All Saints Lesser Hall


Griffin Books