A mystery thriller novel based on the life and times of Eltham Palace’s Courtauld family is the subject of the 2020 Elthamread.

Blending fact and fiction, The Dragon Lady charts the life story of Virginia Courtauld and folds it into a mixture of romance, crime and history including themes of injustice and consequences of oppression in 1950s Africa.

Author Louisa Treger has agreed to become the Elthamread festival’s fifth guest writer, following Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo and Guardian columnist Lucy Mangan.