BookNight with John Hooper

Talk Monday 9 March 2015, 7:00 PM

The idea behind members’ BookNights is to have a thoroughly good time, encourage reading and discussion of reading, and to end the night happier and wiser than when it began. For more information about membership and the other benefits on offer, please contact membership coordinator, Sophie Kayes.

ItalyFor March’s members’ BookNight, we are delighted to welcome an award-winning author and foreign correspondent specialising in the countries of the Mediterranean, John Hooper, who will present his new book The Italians, over an intimate dinner with Frontline Club members.

The Italians is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy. Digging deep into the history, culture and religion, John offers the key to understanding everything, from their bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty.

Looking at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, John sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism and the reason why Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover.

Guests will be expected to have read the book and be ready and willing to contribute to the discussion. This will not be a standard format Q&A but an in-depth discussion.

The evening will start with drinks at 7:00 PM, following by a sit-down dinner at 7:30 PM. We will get to know one another over starters before the introduction of the evening’s guest author. John will then make his presentation and open the floor to discussion.

The evening will be hosted by Frontline Club director, Pranvera Smith, and a founding member and senior correspondent at The Guardian and The Observer, Ed Vulliamy.

Menu £25 per person excluding drinks.