One bookshop, two authors & a whole lot of deadly ambition
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Discuss killer ambitions with bestselling authors Sarah Vaughan and Lucy Atkins
Expect an evening of secrets, lies, betrayal and counter-betrayal when authors Sarah Vaughan and Lucy Atkins join forces to offer us an evening of killer ambition on June 5 at 7.30 when they visit to discuss their brilliant and much talked-about bestsellers, Anatomy of a Scandal and The Night Visitor respectively.
While different in tone and scope–Scandal plays out in Whitehall/Oxbridge/Old Bailey and pivots on inherited privilege, Westminster croneyism, political marriage, sexual assault and revenge, The Night Visitor is set in the apparently glossy perfection that is the world of a successful TV historian and academic and poses the question: what lengths would you go to to protect your career, family and reputation, when writing and researching a bestselling biography takes her right into Daphne du Maurier territory. The common feature of both novels is dark ambition, precision engineered plotting and psychological drama of the most fiendishly addictive nature.
Entry to the talk is free, but please book via 0207 431 firstname.lastname@example.org
An essential talk for anyone whose life has been changed by books
Join us on 7 June at 7.30pm when one exceptional West Hampstead writer talks about another exceptional West Hampstead legendary writer.
Lara Feigel will be here to talk about and answer questions about sexual, political and intellectual freedom…and Doris Lessing. In her latest, genre-defying memoir, Free Woman, Feigel discusses how Lessing speaks to her as a woman, mother and writer. And, at a point where she felt constrained by the conventions of her own life, the freedoms of which Lessing wrote came as an enticing vision.
Entry is free, but, as always, we ask that you let us know (0207 431 email@example.com) if you plan to join us.
Spend a summer’s weekend in great literary company at St Jude’s
You know that summer’s round the corner when tickets go on sale for the St Jude’s Literary Festival in Hampstead Garden Suburb and this year boasts an all-star line up of authors.
Set in Henrietta Barnett School and with profits going to the North London Hospice and Toynbee Hall, there can be few finer ways of spending a midsummer’s weekend, in this case 23/24 June.
This year’s stellar speakers include (Saturday): Lynne Truss talking about A Shot In the Dark, the first in a new crime series; BBC newsman extraordinaire John Tusa on his memoir, Making A Noise; music broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill on Year of Wonder, which offers a playlist of classical music for every day of the year and business broadcaster/anchor Robert Peston talking about his book WTF: What Have We Done?
Sunday kicks off with a bang as Nicholas Hytner, film director and former creative director of the National Theatre takes us backstage via his memoir Balancing Acts; broadcaster comedian Viv Groskop talks about TheAnna Karenina Fix; expect some fascinating insights when Philip Collins, journalist and former chief speech writer to Tony Blair, talks about his latest book When They Go Low, We Go High and the weekend comes to a conclusion with Simon Jenkins, journalist and former chair of the National Trust talks about Britain’s 100 BestRailways Stations [we’re guessing that West Hampstead probably didn’t make the grade!]
All tickets cost £10 and we will be there throughout selling books for you to have the author sign and dedicate. Booking via www.promsatstjudes.org.uk. Phone bookings open on May 29 via 0203322 8123