Michael Palin talked about his book Erebus - the Story of a Ship to a sell-out audience at the Spa

IN PICTURES: Sell-out success of Books by the Beach - Scarborough's annual literature festival

Thousands of people attended 20 events across four days at Books by the Beach in Scarborough.

Guests included Sir Michael Palin and former MP for Hull Alan Johnson. There were literary lunches and events held in Scarborough Lighthouse and St Martin-on-the-Hill.

Lynne Truss talked about her crime novel A Shot in the Dark to critic and author Barry Forshaw at an event held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

1. Comedy crime

Lynne Truss talked about her crime novel A Shot in the Dark to critic and author Barry Forshaw at an event held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre
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St Martin-on-the-Hill was used for the first time as a venue for Books by the Beach. Historians Simon Heffer and Allan Mallinson were in conversation about Heffer's The Age of Decadence - Britain 1880 to 1914

2. New venue

St Martin-on-the-Hill was used for the first time as a venue for Books by the Beach. Historians Simon Heffer and Allan Mallinson were in conversation about Heffer's The Age of Decadence - Britain 1880 to 1914
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Scarborough's Egyptologist  wowed a sell-out audience on the opening day of Books by the Beach at Scarborough Library

3. Opening event

Scarborough's Egyptologist wowed a sell-out audience on the opening day of Books by the Beach at Scarborough Library
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Conservationist Tom Nancallos was the first Books by the Beach guest to have their event staged at Scarborough Lighthouse.''Tickets for Seashaken Houses: A LIghthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet sold out in a record 90 minutes

4. Guiding light

Conservationist Tom Nancallos was the first Books by the Beach guest to have their event staged at Scarborough Lighthouse.''Tickets for Seashaken Houses: A LIghthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet sold out in a record 90 minutes
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