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Every month Daunt Books holds a range of interesting author events featuring the likes of William Boyd, Alexander McCall Smith and Jan Morris. Please get in touch if you would like to reserve a signed copy from any of these events.

  • Christina Lamb
    'Farewell Kabul'

    Thursday 28th May at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    * Please note new date *

    We are sorry to announce that the talk with Christina Lamb has unfortunately had to be postponed and will now take place on
    Thursday 28th May at 7pm.

    All tickets from the original date are valid. If you are unable to attend on the new date, please call us on 020 7224 2295 and we will arrange a refund.
    We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Twenty-seven years ago Christina Lamb left Britain and fell unequivocally in love with Afghanistan, then in the midst of a bitterly contested Russian occupation. Since 2001 she has watched, and reported, with incredulity as the West's initial success in this fierce country of pomegranates and war turned into a fiasco.
    Following on from her fine memoir, The Sewing Circles of Herat, Farewell Kabul is another deeply personal book that not only shows the human cost of political failure, but also how that failure has resulted in the spread of terrorism across the Islamic world

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • John Sutherland
    on Patricia Highsmith

    Tuesday 2nd June at 7.00pm at Burgh House, NW3.

    Patricia Highsmith published eight short story collections and twenty-two novels, including the five-book Ripley series and her first book Strangers on a Train, which Alfred Hitchcock adapted for the big screen. Thanks to Virago's beautiful new reissues, Highsmith's complete works will be available for the first time in many years.

    'Although she's usually shelved in crime and her books slip down as easily as an airport thriller, they have a literary quality that betrays her influences, which included Dostoyevsky, Camus, and Henry James. Her novels have strong plots but also explore the psychology of her characters, who tend to be lonely, sexually confused outsiders.' - Guardian.

    John Sutherland, academic and author of 2011's entertaining and exhaustive Lives of the Novelists, will discuss Highsmith's life and literature.


    This talk will take place at Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3 1LT.
    Tickets are £5 (including wine).
    Tickets available from Daunt Books, 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB or on 0207 794 8206

  • Xinran
    in conversation with Jonathan Fenby
    'Buy Me The Sky'

    Thursday 4th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.


    With her unparalleled flair for bringing together remarkable stories of modern Chinese lives, Xinran returns with Buy Me the Sky, a collection of accounts of those born in China after the 1979 single-child policy. These children, often revered within their families as "little emperors," have grown up to embody the hopes and fears of a country changing at dizzying speed.
    Xinran will be in conversation with Jonathan Fenby, journalist, former editor of the Observer and author of many books on China, including Tiger Head, Snake Tails.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • The Great Gorsky: Chelsea Past, Present and Future
    Guest speaker: Vesna Goldsworthy, author of Gorsky

    Thursday 4th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    As part of our continuing series of talks taking place in our Fulham Road shop, Daunt Books is proud to welcome Serbian-born and long-time Londoner Vesna Goldsworthy, author of new novel and BBC Book at Bedtime Gorsky, to offer her unique perspective on the changes Chelsea has enjoyed in recent years. In Gorsky, Vesna has captured the essence of the Chelsea she has known for nearly 30 years for her new retelling of The Great Gatsby, and will talk on why it is the only place such a contemporary retelling could be set.
    Daunt Books Fulham Road is delighted to welcome everyone both within Chelsea and without for an evening talk and lively discussion about the history and the future of this unique part of our great city.

    Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • John Julius Norwich
    'Sicily'
    In conversation with Jonathan Keates

    Wednesday 10th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    John Julius Norwich is well-known as one of the foremost historians of the Mediterranean, not least for his magisterial study The Normans in Sicily. Now, in his new work, Sicily, he gives us a captivating wider history of the island that sits at the crossroads between East and West, Africa and Europe, coveted by Mediterranean superpowers both ancient and modern. We are delighted that Jonathan Keates, biographer, historian and novelist will be on hand to chat with John Julius about this spellbinding book.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • A Universal Man: John Maynard Keynes behind Economics
    Guest speaker: Richard Davenport-Hines, author of Universal Man: the Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes

    Thursday 11th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    Depending on who you talk to, John Maynard Keynes is either the architect of the best of economictheories, or the scourge of the free market. Can a theory of such widespread admiration and opposition be separated from the man behind it?

    Daunt Books Fulham Road is honoured to host bestselling author Richard Davenport-Hines as our Guest Speaker for the evening, to make just such a separation. Indeed Keynes was a man of many long-overlooked passions: a keen book collector, a farmer, a theatrical manager, a speculator and picture dealer amongst many other things. Richard, also author of the bestselling An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the age of Profumo, will take us on a whirlwind tour of the life, or rather lives, of a man extremely well-known but not well-understood.

    With a Guest Speaker of proven quality and a subject of truly surprising qualities, Daunt Books is delighted to invite customers old and new to a thoroughly informative and entertaining evening talk.

    Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • Emily's Walking Book Club

    Sunday 14th June at 11.30am at Daunt Books Hampstead.

    Join other book-lovers for a walk on Hampstead Heath to discuss Marghanita Laski's moving novel Little Boy Lost.

    Hilary Wainwright, poet and intellectual, returns to France after the Second World War to search for his lost son. Laski's portrait of post-war France and Hilary's gripping quest makes this an exceptional novel, which raises challenging questions about our behaviour in war and in peace, about action and inaction, love and morality.

    'A powerful story about love, generosity and goodness' - Independent

    'A hugely compelling journey through post-war France, Little Boy Lost had me completely gripped, right up to the last, astonishing page. I loved it.' - Anthony Horowitz

    Please join us at Daunt Books, 51 South End Road
    11.30-12.30, Sunday 14th June.
    Childen, dogs and friends are all very welcome!

  • Bernard Cornwell
    'Waterloo'

    Tuesday 16th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    We are thrilled to have Bernard Cornwell, best-selling author of the Sharpe novels, join us in the week of the 200th anniversary of Waterloo to talk about his gripping new account of the battle. It is his first book of non-fiction, and in writing it he has married the diligent research of an historian to his wonderful novelist's gift for pacey narrative.There has been no finer introduction written to the three days of battles that finally ended the Napoleonic era.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • Rachel Holmes
    'Eleanor Marx'
    in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

    Thursday 18th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    Rachel Holmes discusses her dazzling biography of a lion-hearted woman who lived her life free of the conventions of her day, a revolutionary life that ended tragically. The book portrays an extraordinary woman - the first to lead two major trade unions, she produced the first translation of Madame Bovary and championed Ibsen as well as assisting her father, Karl Marx, and playing a wider role in British socialism. Rachel will be joined in conversation by Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, whose new book is On Liberty.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • Laura van den Berg & Ned Beauman
    Writing Home: How Hometowns Influence Fiction

    Thursday 18th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Chelsea.

    'I found that I needed the anchor of home, of the familiar, in order to stabilise the wild worlds I wanted to capture.' - Laura van den Berg
    Some writers are obsessed with their hometown, while others try to escape it. Some live in the same street throughout their life, others wander the world. But whether we long for it, or long to flee it, we all have complicated relationships with the concept of home. When writing fiction the possibilities are infinite - one can create new and original worlds as far-flung or bizarre as the author's imagination allows. But the familiar - a predictable landscape, a local solidarity – can sometimes emerge in unexpected ways.

    Daunt Books Fulham Road invites you to an event examining the surprising ways an author's hometown can influence their writing. We're delighted to welcome our own author, Laura van den Berg, and novelist Ned Beauman. Laura lived in Florida for 22 years before relocating to Boston. She has published two short story collections and a novel. She won the O. Henry Award in 2014 and has twice been shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Award. Salon recently called her 'the best young writer in America'. Ned Beauman was born and raised a Londoner and is the author of three novels, including The Teleportation Accident, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. In 2013 he was one of Granta's 20 Best Young Writers in Britain.

    Tickets for the event are £5 and include a glass of wine and 20% off the speaker's books on the night, and can be bought from our Fulham Road shop or with credit or debit card by telephone on 020 7373 4997.

  • Alan Johnson
    'Please, Mister Postman'

    Thursday 25th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.

    After the huge success of This Boy, which told the story of his childhood, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson returns to discuss Please, Mister Postman and the next part of his extraordinary life. It covers his first marriage at eighteen through to its break-up in his mid thirties, as well as his Post Office job and first steps in trade unionism.
    "His book is a wonderful elegy to a time when nobody drank at home, and the fax machine was seen as a serious threat to our future." Independent

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.

  • Antony Beevor
    'Ardennes 1944'

    Tuesday 30th June at 7.00pm at Daunt Books Marylebone.


    We are delighted to welcome back Antony Beevor to talk about Ardennes 1944, his vivid narrative of Hitler's ill-fated gamble to try and divide the western Allies that became known as the "Battle of the Bulge."

    As with his enormously successful Stalingrad, D-Day and Berlin, Beevor tells the story with clarity and pace whilst effortlessly weaving in the individual testimony of the participants.

    Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine, 20% off the speaker's books and 20% off supper on the night at Hardy's Brasserie and Wine Bar.

    Tickets may be purchased from our Marylebone shop in person, with credit/debit card by telephone 0207 224 2295 or here online.