Friday 27 March 2015

Literati with Jane Thynne

This Tuesday I got myself some tickets to the fabulous literati at the Grosvenor House Hotel. These events are always fabulous and definitely not something to be missed-for the cost of the ticket you get a copy of the book, which you can get signed afterwards, champagne and gorgeous canap├ęs! The surroundings are also incredibly opulent so it feels like you are being quite wicked discussing books all event!

I hadn't actually read any of Jane Thynne's novels before, but I knew the evening would be wonderful anyway! This event was based on her new novel, a War Of Flowers which follows a spy employed to track Eva Braun in the Third Reich.

Jane began by giving us a little intro into the kind of atmosphere that was around in Germany during this time and the moved on to talk about how all of this affected the women of the Third Reich. This was really interesting and a proper history lesson for me.

Jane said that the best thing about writing historical fiction was the research that goes into it & how much she enjoyed sourcing stuff to do with these women. She found an original cigarette card album which was in pristine condition...

And also sourced the perfume that Cara, her spy character, would have worn! We got to smell it, it was pretty heavy going!

At the end of the evening I got to meet Jane, chat to her and she signed my book! After hearing all the work that went into it, I can't wait to read it...

Thanks to Jane for a great evening, Simon & Schuster for publishing the book & to Rosie & her team at Grosovner House for the impeccable organisation once again, roll on the next Literati event!

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