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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Alan Johnson
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