Sun., May 10th, 2020 • 4:00pm PT• Live • Online
In conversation with Jennifer Barth
Conversations with Authors is our free online event series produced with Extended Session. Sign up once with your email address and gain access to all future conversations as well as all video archives.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for my conversation with Jennifer Barth, my editor at Harper Collins, and Elaine Petrocelli. It was terrific fun and you came up with some great questions for me. On June 20th I'll be back again for a conversation with Elizabeth George—I know, lucky me! During this time of lockdown, I’ve mainly been steeped in research for my next novel, which will be out in March 2021, so I haven’t been able to wallow in recreational reading. However, here are a few of the books I mentioned during the conversation with Jennifer:
- Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade
- A terrific book about five very independent women, including Dorothy Sayers and Virginia Woolf, who lived in Mecklenburg Square in London’s Bloomsbury area between the wars.
- No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I by Wendy Moore
- About London's Endell Street Military Hospital in WW1; it was completely staffed by women, from the doctors to nurses, orderlies, cooks, drivers. A testament to a brilliant generation of women.
- Singled Out: How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men After the First World War by Virginia Nicholson
- It’s a few years old now, but this book is about the women of Britain who remained unmarried following the Great War and how they had to make their way in the world. They were the first generation of women to go to war in great numbers in modern times and they truly blazed a trail—incredibly inspiring book! Virginia Nicholson has also written books about women of subsequent generations, and has a new book out about the 60’s—brilliant social historian.
One of the questions I was asked during the event was if there were any TV shows or movies based on WW2 that I would recommend. I loved Foyles War, particularly as I used to live in Hastings, where it’s set. There are also some old war movies that I particularly love: The Dam Busters, The Guns of Navarone, and The Train are among my favorites. There’s nothing like a lockdown to bring out the classic movie goer in me!