Author’s Club Lunch with Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

It is always a pleasure when an Authors’ Club member has a new book out, and this month we are delighted to welcome Caroline Boggis-Rolfe to discuss The Baltic Story (Amberley Publishing).

This epic history recounts the stirring events that, over the past thousand years, have shaped the nations that surround the Baltic Sea, and now form parts of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Germany.

It explores the ties of blood and commerce that connected them, and encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk, and the cataclysmic impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, which radically reshaped the region.

Caroline Boggis-RolfeCaroline Boggis-Rolfe is a writer and lecturer. After receiving a BA in Italian from London University, she followed her husband to Berlin in 1969 where he worked for the British Commanders’-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces. Their proximity and access to Iron Curtain countries piqued Caroline’s interest in the Baltic region, and she was able to visit Dresden, Leipzig, and Potsdam in the 1970s. Over the past ten years, Caroline has been a regular visitor to the Baltic as a guest lecturer.

Details

Tuesday 18 June, 12.30 for 1pm

Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE

The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email louisa@nlc.org.uk by Friday 14 June. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.

Deal News: ANATOMY OF A SPY by Michael Smith

Author of STATION X, KILLER ELITE and NO MAN DIES TWICE Michael Smith’s ANATOMY OF A SPY, about why people are prepared to put their lives at risk in order to collect intelligence, how the intelligence services ensure that the agents they recruit do what they want and will not betray them, using interviews with current and former British, American, Russian, European and Pakistani spies, to The History Press, for publication in autumn of 2019.

The book will also be released in the US through Skyhorse Publishing in early 2020.

The re-issued book will provide an opportunity to tell a wealth of previously unknown spy stories from the very human angle of the agents themselves including new material post the Mueller Report.

Many will be new but more famous cases will appear in brief, focusing on the spies’ motivations and alongside the real agents, the book will refer to the motivations of fictional agents where they have been created by former intelligence officers turned spy writers such as Graham Greene, John le Carre, Alan Judd and Matthew Dunn.

Book Launch: THE BALTIC STORY by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

Join us to celebrate the publication of The Baltic Story with writer and lecturer Caroline Boggis-Rolfe!

Book Launch is confirmed for Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 6.30-8.15pm

At Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town

Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 020 7485 7793 or in-store: http://www.owlbookshop.co.uk/events/caroline-boggis-rolfe/

The Baltic Story recounts the shared history of the countries around the Baltic, from the events of a thousand years ago to today. It shows the ties of blood and commerce that have bound the different lands which now lie in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Western Russia and eastern Germany. The narrative encompasses the foundation of some of Europe’s greatest cities, including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gdansk.

Deal News: ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE by C. J. Schüler

World rights ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE – From St Petersburg to Venice, have been sold to Sandstone Press for publication in 2020.

Rich in anecdote and incident, it charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown up around it, its enduring fascination, the dazzling artefacts that have been made from it, and the often deadly struggles for control of this lucrative trade.

‘‘C.J. Schüler’s gift for crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching radiates a Patrick Leigh Fermor-like scholarship and originality. Brocaded with flavoursome detail, ‘Along the Amber Route’ is full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’’

– Ian Thomson

Learn more here.