Date: Friday 22 September

Time: 12:00pm - 4.30pm

Ticket application closing date: Friday 1 September

Location: Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton, KT6 4BN

The elegant surroundings of Glenmore House Surbiton will once again be the venue for this year’s much anticipated literary lunch.

In a change to our original listing, we’re delighted to welcome A J Pearce.

AJ Pearce is an English author, a 70’s child, happily growing up in the era of Angel Delight and the Bay City Rollers. AJ learnt to read early and was far happier surrounded by books and children’s comics, than going to school. AJ read American Studies at Sussex University from 1983-87, the first in her family to attend university. It wasn’t until she hit her 40’s that AJ started thinking about writing. However, it was a chance bargain buy that really changed her life. Browsing on ebay, she spotted a 1939 copy of Woman magazine for sale. It was like opening a window into another era. The idea for her international bestselling debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird was born.


AJ is known for her Sunday Times Bestselling Historical Fiction Series, The Emmy Lake Chronicles, beginning with Dear Mrs Bird in 2018. This was a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick and Sunday Times Bestseller. Irresistibly funny and moving. It is a wartime love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

The charming and hilarious tonic we’d all been waiting for. The Times bestseller, Yours Cheerfully, is the uplifting sequel to Dear Mrs Bird and the second novel in the series The Emmy Lake Chronicles.

Funny, heartbreaking, and filled with warmth and charm. The new story featuring Emmy Lake, of friendship, love and courage when all seems lost. The third novel in the series sees Emmy as agony aunt at Woman’s Friend magazine, when the glamorous new owner, The Honourable Mrs Cressida Porter arrives. It soon becomes clear Mrs Porter plans to destroy all that Women’s Friend represents abandoning its community of readers.  Can Emmy and her friends save the magazine and will the reader still be there if they do?

Glenmore House is a 5-minute walk from Surbiton railway Station and has plenty of parking including disabled parking.

At Glenmore you will have a two-course lunch and access to the bar.

The cost of the lunch is £37.00 – please state your dietary requirements at the point of booking.  (Closing date: 1 September)

Plenty of parking at the venue

Surrey WI Members only (until the closing date)

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