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March 2020

Mum & Dad, the new novel from Joanna Trollope

9 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chorleywood Memorial Hall Common Road Chorleywood WD3 5LN
£10

Joanna Trollope is back with her brilliant new novel, Mum & Dad, which deals with the dynamics of a family, namely siblings, which strikes a chord with us all! It’s been twenty-five years since Gus and Monica left England to start a new life in Spain, building a vineyard and wine business from the ground up. However, when Gus suffers a stroke and their idyllic Mediterranean life is thrown into upheaval, it’s left to their three grown-up children in London…

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Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

11 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hall, Merchant Taylors’ School HA6 2HT
£8 – £30

How can we build - or rebuild - a collective culture that is able to both respect difference and draw us together to work for the common good? In association with Merchant Taylors' School, we welcome Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to discuss the release of his new book: "Morality, why we need it and how to find it" Released on 5th March 2020, Lord Sacks talks to key modern influencers and thinkers - including Jordan Peterson, Melinda Gates and David…

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Julia Samuels on Change

17 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Reach Free School, Long Lane, Mill End, Rickmansworth WD3 8AB
£10

PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE to the Reach Free school due to popular demand. 'If change is the natural order of things, why do so many people struggle with the milestones of life - from first jobs and first loves to children leaving home and retirement?’ Join us for an evening of reflection on the theme of change with acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel and her new book, "This Too Shall Pass". Based on hours of conversations with her patients showing how…

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Appeasing Hitler with Tim Bouverie

30 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chorleywood Memorial Hall Common Road Chorleywood WD3 5LN
£10

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…

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My Dark Vanessa – the incredible debut novel from Kate Elizabeth Russell

31 March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chorleywood Library, Lower Road
Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5LB United Kingdom
£8

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…

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April 2020

Cecil Beaton’s Autobiography by Hugo Vickers

2 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chorleywood Library, Lower Road
Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5LB United Kingdom
£8

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…

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Saul David: Crucible of Hell

7 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CHORLEYWOOD WAR MEMORIAL HALL, COMMON ROAD, CHORLEYWOOD, RICKMANSWORTH WD3 5LN, UK
£12

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…

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The Dirty South: John Connolley

15 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chorleywood Library, Lower Road
Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5LB United Kingdom
£8

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 that is about to change . . . We welcome John Connolly, author of the…

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Liquid Gold: Bees with Roger Morgan-Grenville

16 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Garden Room, Chenies Manor Rickmansworth WD3 6ER
£10

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…

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The Restaurant, a history with William Sitwell

20 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CHORLEYWOOD WAR MEMORIAL HALL, COMMON ROAD, CHORLEYWOOD, RICKMANSWORTH WD3 5LN, UK
£10

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…

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