Thursday 24th February dinner, 7pm – biographer, lecturer and journalist Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba's biography, THAT WOMAN, the Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor‘Biographers are said to be half detective and half criminal barrister (plus another half writer!) I know, I can’t count’.
‘For my study of Wallis Simpson I cashed in on the sleuthing half and took myself off to stay with a strange and eccentric man in the wilds of the Mexican desert. Ernest Simpson’s hitherto unknown son. I doubted I’d survive (he had a machete) and there was no mobile phone reception to call for help’…
Anne Sebba goes to extraordinary (and sometimes dangerous) lengths to research for new material, it is not a matter of simply going through the archives.

Anne is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and author of eleven books for adults. Her biography, THAT WOMAN, the Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, quickly became a bestseller on publication in Britain in August 2011.

Tim Battle, Librarian, comments:
The less known about the person when writing a biography, the more room there is for fiction.
Anne Sebba is the polar opposite; meticulous research is her hallmark.

Richmond Literary Dinners start with a glass of wine on arrival followed by a delicious 2-course dinner – all for £39.50. Early Bird discounts for booking before February 10th £36. Book for 6, obtain one for free.

If you would like to attend email Erin at requesting her to book places for you and your friends!

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In collaboration with The Open Book, Richmond’s oldest bookshop, we are reviewing whom to invite for 2022.

Librarian, Curator Tim Battle at would welcome any feedback, suggestions you might have.

Suggestions for future events

Susan Hill-The Betrayal of Trust   Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award

Simon Schama -A History of Britain  A gripping history of the British Isles.

Sally Rooney– Normal People  ‘Emotionally frank, generous and expansive’.  Richard Saker The Observer.

Gail Honeyman– Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine    Costa Book Award for First Novel

Sarah Moss- Ghost Walls    Novel with roots in England’s deep past

Anna Burns – Milkman     Inventive, funny novel about The Troubles in Northern Ireland

Chimamanda Ngoze Adiche   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction

Ben Macintyre- The Spy and the Traitor    Described by John Le Carre as The Best True Spy Story I have Ever Read

Giles Milton- D-Day     The definitive boots-on-the-ground account of the greatest invasion in history.

Kate Raworth-Doughnut Economics    A Financial Times “Best Book of 2017

Roger Moorhouse-The Third Reich in 100 Objects    ‘Fascinating objects that expose the poisonous reality of Hitler’s Germany’ Dan Snow

Anita Anand-Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary    ‘The story is fast-paced and thrilling … A noble book *****’   The Daily Telegraph.

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