We are delighted to be joined by internationally renowned and award-winning author, Joanne Harris.
Having published over 18 novels, including the best-selling Chocolat, Joanne will join us to talk about her life, her acclaimed writing career and her bold and timely new novel Broken Light.
An audience Q&A will follow the main talk. Do not miss this opportunity to meet Joanne, purchase a book and have it signed by the bestselling author herself.
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 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
Joanne’s 1999 novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, bringing Harris world-wide recognition. Since then, all of her books have been UK bestsellers. Her wide-ranging choice of subject matter means that her work often defies categorisation, and she has a tendency for difficult or challenging issues. She is an honorary Fellow of the St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and is Chair of the Society of Authors.
Broken Light – official release date, 9 May 2023
Bernie Moon’s ambitions and dreams have been forgotten by everyone else – including Bernie herself. At 19 she was full of promise, but now facing 50 and going through the menopause, she’s a fading light. Until the murder of a woman in a local park unlocks a series of childhood memories, and with them, a talent that she has hidden all her adult life.
What happens when the frustrations and power of an older woman are finally given their chance to be revealed?
A novel that explores how women can feel invisible as they grow older and what happens when they decide to take back control.
“So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written.” Marian Keyes
“I could not put this addictive, layered thriller down!” Good Housekeeping
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.