To a sell-out audience, Frank Gardner captivated and entertained everyone about his new thriller, Ultimatum. He spoke of the influences behind some of his characters and the reasons why he chose particular settings and how writing fiction is a release from the day job with all its hard facts and figures. Fluent in Arabic, Frank also spoke about his career, starting in the army, followed by a stint in banking before boldly giving everything up to move into journalism. He was candid and generous with stories about some of the incidents that have shaped him into the person he is today. The audience could have listened to a lot more but there were book signings and an important quarter-final in football to catch up on! Books at the Barn used the talk as a great opportunity to have our inaugural supper. Delicious Peachy Tarte food rounded off a great evening.