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Virtual: Kate Thompson, "The Wartime Book Club" in conversation with Gill Paul

Research in Literature:

A Virtual Evening with Kate and Gill


Join us for a captivating virtual event with bestselling author Kate Thompson as we explore her new novel, The Wartime Book Club. Immerse yourself in this unforgettable tale of the enduring power of literature.

Inspired by true events, The Wartime Book Club is an inspiring story of everyday bravery and resistance, full of romance, drama, and camaraderie, and a tribute to the joy of reading and the power of books in our darkest hour.

The Wartimr Book Club

The Isle of Jersey was once a warm and neighborly community, but in 1943, German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule.

Nazis have ordered Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, to destroy books that threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, she wants to fight back. So she forms the Wartime Book Club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading.

But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous – and more important – than ever before. And when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . .

Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter to the power of books in the darkest of times – as well as a moving page-turner that brings to life the remarkable, untold story of an island at war.

Kate Thompson was born in London and worked as a journalist for women's magazines and national newspapers before becoming a novelist. Over the past ten years, Kate has written twelve fiction and nonfiction titles, three of which have made the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list. She now lives in Sunbury with her husband, two sons, and two rescued Lurcher dogs, Ted and Saphhie.

Kate Thompson

Gill Paul is the bestselling author of thirteen historical novels, many of them about real women from the past whom she thinks have been marginalized or misjudged by historians. Her novels have sold over a million copies, reached bestseller lists in the UK, US, and Canada, and have been translated into twenty-three languages. Gill lives in London where she swims daily in a wild pond, and speaks at libraries and literary festivals on topics ranging from Tutankhamun to the Romanovs.

Gill Paul
Event Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 6:00pm EDT
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The Wartime Book Club By Kate Thompson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538757017
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Published: Forever - April 9th, 2024