An evening with Louise Doughty and Catherine Ryan Howard - St Helen's Enterprises
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Dark, gripping and terrifying. An evening with Catherine Ryan Howard and Louise Doughty. 

We are delighted to be welcoming best-selling authors Catherine Ryan Howard and Louise Doughty. These two award-winning thriller writers will join us to talk about the craft of writing page-turners, TV adaptations and their new novels – which take them in different directions.

Joe Haddow returns as our brilliant 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 hosts 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


The Trap by Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling author from Cork, Ireland. Her work has been shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Awards, and in 2019 her novel The Liar’s Girl was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

 The Trap is a startlingly original new thriller which is inspired by a series of still-unsolved disappearances, and a young woman who sets out to track down her sister’s killer.


“Topical, twisty, and with a real heart stopper of a moment halfway in that’ll make you turn the lights back on.” – Gillian McAllister

‘Everything a thriller should be: clever, page-tearing, devastating.” – Abigail Dean


A Bird in Winter by Louise Doughty

Sunday Times best-selling writer Louise Doughty is author of Apple Tree Yard, adapted for BBC One and Platform Seven, recently made into a major new ITV series. Other novels include Black Water, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and What Ever You Love, nominated for the Costa Novel Award and the Women’s Prize for fiction.

A Bird in Winter, Louise’s electrifying new novel tells the story of Bird – a woman on the run, who has just left behind her job, her home, and her life. Bird must work out who exactly is on her trail, and who – if anyone – she can trust. Is her greatest fear that she will be hunted down, or that she will never be found?


“Doughty is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to build suspense to breaking point.” – The Times  

“Clever, twisty and propulsive.”- Claire Fuller


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

Thu 21 Sep


Book Club St Helen’s School 7:30pm