BookNight

Thursday 20 October 2016, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Kevin Sullivan: The Longest Winter

The Frontline Club is delighted to welcome Kevin Sullivan to present The Longest Winter, inspiring and authentic debut novel about life in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.


Wednesday 14th September 2016, 7:00PM

BookNight with Andrew Harding: The Mayor of Mogadishu

The Frontline Club is delighted to welcome Andrew Harding to present The Mayor of Mogadishu.
The Mayor of Mogadishu is an uplifting story of survival, and a compelling examination of what it means to lose a country and then to reclaim it.


Thursday 2 June 2016, 7:00PM

BookNight with Bejan Matur

We are delighted to welcome Bejan Matur for a new BookNight.
Bejan Matur is the most illustrious poet among a bold new women’s poetry emerging from the maelstrom in the Middle East. She writes dissident journalism and a prose work based on interviews with Kurdish men and women became an instant bestseller in Turkey.
This is a unique opportunity to introduce this extraordinary young poet and hear live readings of her powerful and illuminating work.


Monday 20 June 2016, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Ramita Navai: City of Lies

The politics of Iran are frequently analysed and debated on the international stage but rarely do we glimpse what everyday life is like in Tehran. In City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran, Ramita Navai returns to the city where she was born to explore the lives of its residents.

For June’s members’ BookNight, Ramita Navai will be joining us to discuss her portrait of a complex, colourful and changing city, as well as Iranian society more generally.


Tuesday 24 May 2016, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hubert – Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone

Cambridge spy Guy Burgess was a supreme networker, with a contacts book that included everyone from statesmen to socialites and high-ranking government officials, to the famous actors and literary figures of the day. He also set a gold standard for conflicts of interest, working variously, and often simultaneously, for the BBC, MI5, MI6, the War Office, the Ministry of Information and the KGB.

For May’s members’ BookNight, we look forward to welcoming Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert on the release of their new book, Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone .


Tuesday 26 April 2016, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Luke Harding

For April’s members’ BookNight, we are delighted to welcome Marina Litvinenko and Luke Harding on the release of his new book, A Very Expensive Poison.

1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. Based on the best part of a decade’s reporting, as well as extensive interviews with those closest to the events, Luke Harding‘s A Very Expensive Poison is the definitive inside story of the life and death of Alexander Litvinenko.


Thursday 1 October 2015, 7:00 PM

BookNight with James Rodgers

For October’s BookNight we are pleased to welcome an author and journalist, James Rodgers, who will present his book Headlines from the Holy Land over an intimate dinner with Frontline Club members. Starting from a historical perspective, Rodger’s latest book identifies the challenges the conflict presents for contemporary journalism and diplomacy, and suggests new ways of approaching them.


Wednesday 8 July 2015, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Martin Bell

For July’s BookNights we are delighted to welcome the distinguished former foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC, Martin Bell, OBE, who will present his book The End of Empire over an intimate dinner with Frontline Club members.

Before his career as a BBC war reporter and independent MP, Martin Bell also served as a soldier in Cyprus between 1957 and 1959. In a chocolate box in his attic many years later he found more than 100 letters that he had sent home to his family. He was not a journalist then, but the letters are war reports of a sort, impressions of what it was like to be a conscript on active service during the EOKA rebellion against British rule.


Thursday 23 April 2015, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Patrick Bishop

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.

For 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.


Monday 10 November 2014, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Dan O’Brien

For our members’ BookNight in November we are delighted to welcome the acclaimed playwright, poet, and librettist Dan O’Brien. He will give a reading from his book of poems War Reporter, as well as from his critically acclaimed play The Body of an American, based on the poems.

War Reporter is focused on photojournalist Paul Watson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1993 photograph of a dead American being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Deriving from correspondence between poet and photojournalist and their eventual meeting, the collection of poems bears unsparing witness to the incalculable damage inflicted by contemporary warfare.


September 1, 2014

Upcoming BookNights for the Members’ Clubroom

Following the success of our BookNights with Carlotta Gall, Tim Butcher and Nick Davies, it is our honour – Ed and mine – to announce the next two forthcoming dinners.


Monday 15 September 2014, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Patrick Cockburn

Following the success of our members’ BookNights with Carlotta Gall, Tim Butcher and Nick Davies, we welcome Patrick Cockburn, who will – with striking topicality – talk about his new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.

For more information about membership and the other benefits on offer, please contact Membership Coordinator, Sophie Kayes.


August 11, 2014

New Monthly Members’ Night

Frontline BookNights The idea 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. The notion is further to harvest and focus some of the best ways in which the club has developed over its decade of existence, but also […]


Tuesday 12 August 2014, 7:30 PM

Members’ BookNight with Nick Davies

In our next Members’ BookNight we welcome Nick Davies, who will be talking about his book Hack Attack: How The Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch. The book exposes the inside story that engulfed Fleet Street, Scotland Yard and Downing Street after the initial revelations of July 2011 that journalists from The News of the World hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler creating a public outrage.


Thursday 10 July 2014, 7:30 PM

Members’ BookNight with Tim Butcher

For the second of our Members’ BookNights we welcome the esteemed Tim Butcher. Shortly after the centennial of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, he will be talking about his book The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War.