An evening with Louis de Bernières
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An evening with Louis de Bernières 


We are thrilled to be welcoming best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières to our Book Club this October.

In what is sure to be an unmissable event, Louis de Bernières will be interviewed on stage, by our host Joe Haddow, about his remarkable writing career.

An audience Q&A will follow the main talk. There will also be an opportunity to buy a copy of his latest book, Light Over Liskeard, and have your copy signed by the author himself.

Joe Haddow returns as our fantastic Book Club host for the evening. Joe is an author and broadcaster; he runs the Radio 2 Book Club, chairs literary events across the country and is the host of the popular Book Off! Podcast.


Early arrival is recommended. Pre-drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase on the night from 7pm.


No pre-reading is required – just book your ticket and come along.


Ticket price: £15.00 


Louis de Bernières  

Best-selling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are So Much Life Left Over, The Dust That Falls From Dreams and The Autumn of the Ace, and the short story collection Labels. 


Light Over Liskeard  

In this entertaining and heart-warming novel Louis de Bernières pokes fun and makes us reconsider what is really precious in our short and precarious lives. 

Q wants a simpler and safer life. His work as a quantum cryptographer for the government has led him to believe a crisis is imminent for civilisation and he’s looking for somewhere to ride out what’s ahead. He buys a ruined farmhouse in Cornwall and begins to build his own self-sufficient haven.  

Over the course of this quest, he meets the eccentric characters who already live on the moors nearby. His new way of life brings him back in tune with his teenage children, his ex-wife, and his own sense of who he is. He also grows close to Eva, energetic and enchanting, who is committed to her own quest for love and meaning.  


“Louis de Bernières is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh… he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste.” Evening Standard 

 “De Bernières is an astute observer of the human heart.” Mail on Sunday 

 “A writer with a sparkling vision of the world.” Time Magazine 

“Like Steinbeck, de Bernières deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy.” Independent 


Every ticket counts! At St Helen’s, everything we do is designed to enable pupils to become the best possible version of themselves. The funds raised from this event will support our ambitious Bursary and Scholarship programme; continuing our commitment to widening access to an exceptional education to all prospective pupils, irrespective of financial means or social circumstances.? 


Books are available for purchase on the night, in association with Chorleywood Bookshop. 


Thu 12 Oct


Book Club St Helen’s School 7:00pm