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London Book Fair drinks
on Wednesday, 13 April from 7 pm in the bar.
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Best First Novel Award Shortlist lunch on Tuesday, 19 April, 12:30 for 1 pm.  
A great opportunity to discover the best of upcoming literary talent, to find new favourite books, and even identify a future classic. 
To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email 

Upcoming events

We are delighted to announce a very exciting schedule of events for the upcoming months, with more to come. So pencil in the dates below, and watch this space for more exciting events. 

All events are held at the National Liberal Club unless otherwise stated

Wed 13: 
London Book Fair Drinks
Tues 19: Authors Club lunch: 62nd BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD

Wed  4: Truth in Fiction 
Wed 11: 
A Literary Wine Tasting (evening)
Tues 17: Authors Club lunch with Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Tues 7: 
Best First Novel Award (evening)
Tues 17: Authors Club lunch with Peter Frankopan
Wed 22: Birth of the Gothic (evening)

Tues 19: Authors Club lunch with Lucy Popescu

Wed 14: 
Best of Contemporary Poetry (evening)
Tues 20: Authors Club lunch. Speaker tbc

Tues18: Authors Club lunch. Speaker tbc
Thu 27: Halloween Readings (evening)

Fri 18: 125th Anniversary Dinner 
Black tie. Speaker tbc

Best First Novel Award Longlist 2016

The Authors Club is pleased to announce that the longlist for the 2016 award is as follows:
Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon (Hodder)
The Loney by Andrew Hurley (John Murray)
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock (Myriad Editions)
The Speaker’s Wife by Quentin Letts (Constable)
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
The Good Son by Paul McVeigh (Salt)
The Watchmaker of Filigree St by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury Circus)
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester (Viking)
The Last Days of Disco by David F Ross (Orenda)
Belonging by Uma Sinha (Myriad Editions)
Mainlander by Will Smith (4th Estate)
Rawblood by Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld)

The prize is for the debut novel of a British, Irish or UK-based author, first published in the UK, and there is no age limit.  This is the 62nd year of the prize. 
Many of the members have been busily reading their way through the hefty pile of submissions for the Best First Novel Award 2016 and will speak up on behalf of their favourite books at the annual lunch. Come prepared for some spirited discussion as this has been an exceptional year for literary debuts. Haven't read much? Or any at all? The lunch will be a great opportunity to discover the best of upcoming talent, find a new favourite or even identify a future classic.

Following the lunch, the judging panel, chaired by literary critic Suzi Feay, will draw up a shortlist on the basis of their recommendations. This year's guest adjudicator will be Anthony Quinn, who won the award himself for his debut The Rescue Man in 2009, and has gone on to publish three more acclaimed novels. The winner will be announced and the award presented at a reception on 7 June.
Truth in Fiction

Wedneday, 4 May, 7pm,  Lady Violet Room
National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE

Join us for a thought-provoking, fascinating and exciting evening of readings and discussions about truth in fiction, and about novels that leave us wondering how much is fact and how much is fiction. 

Paul E. Hardisty’s debut thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying, set in Yemen, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and was a Telegraph best thriller of 2015. 

Edward Wilson is the critically acclaimed author of the Catesby series of spy thrillers that focus on espionage and the Cold War, including his latest,A Very British Ending. The Irish Independent says, ‘Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré as master of the British spy thriller’.

Yusuf Toropov’s debut thriller, Jihadi: A Love Story, questions the nature of terrorism and nationalism, good and evil, and asks some big questions that prompts us to reassess everything we thought we knew.
The evening will be chaired by Sunny Singh, whose latest novel Hotel Arcadia explores themes of surveillance, photography, ethics of journalism during the terrorist siege of a five star hotel. 

Tickets £15, or £10 for Authors' Club/NLC members, and must be booked online:

There will be no ticket sales on the door.

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