News - Books at the Barn


May 6, 2022

Marina Wheeler, November 2021

We were delighted to welcome Marina Wheeler to Books at the Barn. She gave a very candid account about her Anglo-Indian roots, taking us on a journey that was both deeply personal but also one with strong global themes about political change, migration, religion and nationhood. We heard the extraordinary story of her mother, Dip, and, through her eyes, learnt about the impact of those caught up when British India was divided into two states with the creation of Pakistan.
May 6, 2022

Fi & Jane, December 2021

Whilst they claim to not have all the answers, Fi and Jane certainly have opinions! The dynamic duo who have written a book together off the back of their hugely successful podcast, Fortunately, gave our audience an evening off from the ever-looming Covid and entertained us with hilarious anecdotes and amusing conversation. It would be fair to say that we could have listened to them for hours as they deliberated and cogitated on a huge variety of subjects and reminded us that it’s good not to take life too seriously … at least not all the time.
May 6, 2022

Charlie Corbett & Jon Stock, March 2022

Our audience was treated to a local literary event par excellence. Both authors had based their books around the local area and, whilst they couldn’t have been more different in content, they were both interesting, informative and entertaining. Jon chatted about how he got his ideas for ‘The Man on Hackpen Hill’, his research and his writing technique. Charlie, by contrast, spoke of how bird song helped him cope with the untimely death of his mother and, in the process, made him realise that, as a nation, we have lost our connection with nature and its extraordinary healing power.
March 10, 2021

Stella Rimington rivets audience with stories of MI5

Our latest Zoom interviewee was Dame Stella Remington in March 2021, who talked us through becoming head of MI5, as the first publicly named Director General of the Security Service, and the first woman to do so. She talked brilliantly and modestly about her 29 years working for the Security Service, and how she managed as a single mother of two daughters doing such a high profile job. We had the highest watching figures so far for Dame Stella, and some lovely feedback.  We hope we are educating and entertaining you during Lockdown. Do email us: if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
March 10, 2021

Jung Chang, Jenni Murray, Tracy Chevalier, Claire Tomalin on Zoom

WILD SWANS author Jung Chang fascinated us in February 2021, talking about her new book BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER, RED SISTER about the Soong sisters who had a huge influence on Chinese politics during the twentieth century.  During Autumn 2020 we enjoyed Talks by Womens Hour presenter Jenni Murray, historian Claire Tomalin on her biography of Jane Austen, and Tracy Chevalier on her novel SINGLE THREAD, set in Winchester Cathedral.
February 25, 2020

Lucy Worsley visit

Royal Historic Palaces curator Lucy Worsley enthralled audiences in June 2019 with her talk on Queen Victoria, and her book about her as a daughter, wife, mother and widow.
February 25, 2020

Alexander McCall Smith visits for Book Aid event

Much loved author of the LADIES NO I DETECTIVE AGENCY had us all in stitches with tales of his writing adventures. This event was in aid of Book Aid International, a charity that supplies books to refugee camps, schools and libraries all over the English speaking world.
February 25, 2020

Clare Balding captivates school audience

Queen of Sports broadcasting Clare Balding visited  Farleigh school recently on a book tour for her latest childrens book, THE HORSE WHO REFUSED TO DANCE.  She captivated us all with stories of the Olympics, growing up with the Queen as a regular visitor at her home, and how she coped with no voice on Ramblings, her BBC Radio 4 series on walking.
January 29, 2019

Alan Johnson

We were lucky to grab Alan Johnson, former Labour Home Secretary and author, en route from Marlborough Literary Festival. He spoke about his love of music, as described in his latest volume of an autobiography: IN MY LIFE.
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