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Come and hear Tim Bouverie, historian and journalist, talk about his book and Sunday Times Bestseller, Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War, the first significant narrative history of appeasement and a compelling reappraisal of one of the most controversial episodes in history. On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd…Find out more »
Every now and then a book comes along which absolutely blows our minds from the start. My Dark Vanessa by American, Kate Elizabeth Russell, (out 31/03/20) is one of these. My Dark Vanessa is a beautifully crafted telling of an unsettling subject matter done with compassion and dignity. It’s important we point out that the subject matter of the book deals with teacher/student underage relationships and the abuse of power which comes with that. In the book, Vanessa Wye is…Find out more »
The Last Giants : The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant by Levison Wood - Wednesday April 1st - 7pm - Reach Free School.
This book comes at a critical time. Fifty years ago, Africa was home to just over 1.3 million elephants, but by 1990 the number had halved. Meanwhile in the span of a lifetime, the human population has more than doubled.
In Levison's "The Last Giants", he explores the rapid decline of one of the world's favourite animals. Filled with stories from his own time spent travelling with elephants in Africa, the book is a passionate wake-up call for this endangered species we take for granted. The Last Giants was written to inspire us all to act - to learn more and help save the species from extinction. We look forward to welcoming Levison to the Reach Free School.Find out more »
We're delighted to welcome back Hugo Vickers after his expert interview with Lady Anne Glenconner in December to talk about his authorised autobiography of Cecil Beaton, one of Britain's greatest cultural icons. The paperback re-release is in conjunction with a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery this year titled Bright Young Things. Beaton was known, not just as a photographer capturing some of the most celebrated portraits of the 20th century, but also as a designer of the iconic sets…Find out more »
* Postponed * Creative Writing Course for Children Join us for a creative writing workshop, for ages 8 to 11 years, at Chorleywood Library. All you need to bring is your imagination! There will be no red pen and no grading, just a fun-filled, creative, positive morning run by Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross Bookshops with professional writing teacher Penny Pugh. Please be aware places are limited and have historically sold out quickly. Creative Writing Golden Ticket £35.00 includes all materials you’ll need…Find out more »
Join Ainsley Harriott on his culinary journey through the Mediterranean discovering the very best recipes to cook back home in chorleywood.Find out more »
Gripping, even gruesome, yet deeply moving, Crucible of Hell sweeps us masterfully from a coral charnel house in the Pacific to the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. David Reynolds Too often missing from Western-centric narratives of the Second World War, this 82-day blood-soaked clash in the Pacific had profound consequences not only for the war but for the modern world, ultimately leading to President Truman’s decision to deploy the atomic bomb. For the ferocity of the fighting and the loss of life on both…Find out more »
* Postponed * The Dirty South by John Connolly 15th April 7.00pm - Chorleywood Library It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young black women in Burdon County, Arkansas. But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South. In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child and searching in vain for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family. But…Find out more »
After a chance meeting in the pub, Roger Morgan-Grenville and his friend Duncan decide to take up beekeeping. Their enthusiasm matched only by their ignorance, they are pitched into an arcane world of unexpected challenges. Coping with many setbacks along the way, they manage to create a colony of beehives, finishing two years later with more honey than anyone knows what to do with. By standing back from their normal lives and working with the cycle of the seasons, they…Find out more »
THE RESTAURANT: A History of Eating Out by William Sitwell.
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 16th.
William is a Masterchef judge and the Telegraph’s food critic. His review of the history of eating out begins with the sophisticated dining scene in ancient Pompeii and then takes us on a vivid romp through the fascinating history of eating out. Covering the Ottoman Empire, post-war Britain, the French Revolution, London’s opening of Le Gavroche in the 60s and the US counterculture, it is a story of decadence, politics and endeavour. Spanning 2,000 years of dining, we see the restaurant used to symbolise transformation and the spread of cultural ideas across the globe, from the coffee house revolution to the invention of the taco machine and the sushi conveyor belt. William's book is a highly enjoyable narrative told with humour and many entertaining characters, concluding with his thoughts on the future of dining out. We look forward to welcoming him to Chorleywood.