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.


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 by Friday 14 June. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.

The Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2019 Longlist

Inaugurated in 1954, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award is now in its 65th year, making it the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction and – except for the James Tait Black and the Hawthornden – the oldest literary prize in Britain.

Today, the Authors’ Club announces the longlist for the annual Best First Novel Award.The longlisted books are as follows:

  • Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Mary Lynn Bracht, White Chrysanthemum (Chatto & Windus)
  • Laura Carlin, The Wicked Cometh (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder Press)
  • Sarah Haywood, The Cactus (Two Roads)
  • Caoilinn Hughes, Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld)
  • Emily Koch, If I Die Before I Wake (Harvill Secker)
  • Norma MacMaster, Silence Under a Stone (Doubleday)
  • Sally Magnusson, The Sealwoman’s Gift (Two Roads)
  • Donald S. Murray, As the Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband)
  • Kim Sherwood, Testament (Riverrun)
  • Stuart Turton, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Raven)

Lucy Popescu (chair of the judging panel) commented:

“This year, we’ve had a bumper crop of entries. Women dominate the longlist – one writer, Norma McMaster, is in her 80s. It’s a real privilege to be able to support a diverse list of debut novelists tackling such wide-ranging subjects.”

Key dates

  • Shortlist announcement: Thursday 28 March 2019, Essex Book Festival
  • Shortlisted authors event at Waterstones Gower St: Thursday 2 May
  • The Winner will be announced by Louise Doughty, this year’s guest adjudicator at a dinner at the National Liberal Club: Wednesday 22 May

For more information, visit the Author’s Club website.