BookNight with Patrick Bishop

Talk Thursday 23 April 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.

As the long trudge towards the general election begins and the news media speculate on a myriad of hypothetical scenarios as to what the brave new world might bring, we are taking a look back at one of the most prominent British leaders and what remains of the values and ideals that he championed.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 13.54.34For April’s members’ BookNight, we are pleased to welcome Patrick Bishop, who will present his book Churchill’s Funeral over an intimate dinner with Frontline Club members.

After Churchill passed away 50 years ago, his funeral gave rise to unprecedented scenes of public mourning, and the conviction that Britain would never be the same again. In his book, Patrick reflects back on Churchill’s leadership during the Second World War to explore how a man who had as many enemies as supporters has managed to gain such a prominent place in our social history.

Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Fighter Boys, Bomber Boys, 3 Para and Target Tirpitz. Previously a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, he has reported from conflicts all over the world, and was for many years Middle East correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Guests will be expected to have read the book, 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 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. Patrick will then make his presentation and open the floor to discussion.

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

Menu £25 per person excluding drinks