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Join us for our next Book Club, where we will be joined by bestselling crime fiction authors Ruth Ware and Louise Candlish, who will both be showcasing their new releases for 2023.

An evening set to be full of twists, turns and intrigue as both authors share inspirations and insights into their thrillingly dark tales of spine-chilling secrets, deception and murder mystery.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat!

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. Audience Q&A will follow the main talk.

We recommend you arrive early as pre-drinks and refreshments will be available to purchase on the night from 7pm. There will be an opportunity to purchase a copy of each novel and have it signed by the author. No pre-reading is required, just book your ticket and come along.

Ticket price: £15.00

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.


The It Girl by Ruth Ware 

April Coutts-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl, she quickly pulled Hannah into her dazzling orbit. Together, they developed a group of devoted and inseparable friends during their first term. By the end of the second, April was dead.

It was Hannah who found April’s body ten years ago. It was Hannah who didn’t question what she saw that day. Did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?

She needs to know the truth. Even if it means questioning her own friends. Even if it means putting her own life at risk. Because if the killer wasn’t a stranger, it’s someone she knows…

‘A dark tale by one of the best thriller writers around’ Independent

‘Mesmerising’ Guardian


The Only Suspect by Louise Candlish

Alex lives a comfortable life with his wife, Beth, in a leafy suburb. He may not be the most outgoing guy on the street, keeping himself to himself, but he’s a good husband and an easy-going neighbour.

That is until Beth gets behind the campaign to convert a local disused track into a nature trail. Suddenly Alex is a changed man – always watching, questioning, struggling to hide his dread.

As the construction gets under way, a secret threatens to surface, a secret Alex has kept hidden for years. A secret involving love, promises and terrible consequences.

This is a tale of wrong place, wrong time and wrong man. Betrayal, accusations, mistaken identities. In the end, it was all down to luck…

‘The pacing is first rate, as is the handling of the first-person narration.’ Sunday Times

‘One of the twistiest plots you’ll ever read’ Cosmopolitan


Ruth Ware 

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One, have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages.

Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the number one bestseller, Our House, winner of the British Book Awards 2019 Crime & Thriller Book of the Year and now a 4-part ITV drama starring Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton. The Other Passenger was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2021.


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

Thu 23 Feb


Book Club St Helen’s School 7:30pm