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My Event Report: In Conversation With Elizabeth Fremantle

A photograph of Charlie Place and Elizabeth Fremantle

© Photo:Gerry Walden/ 2016

It’s a weird feeling shifting from the role of press to the role of host for an evening. I spent a very good few hours at our latest event but coming home without photos and notes is a strange thing. I’m glad for our photographer and the writer from Southampton University who came to cover the event for us.

Our evening with Elizabeth Fremantle last Thursday was a roaring success. We commandeered the comfy chairs. The majority of seats were taken and more people turned up than we knew were coming; a wonderful surprise.

Elizabeth told us of her journey to publication, her background in fashion writing; her research methods – visit Hardwick Hall! – and all four books which we ended up discussing in reverse chronological order because we got talking about her latest book and it seemed to make more sense to me in that moment than jumping from subject to subject (the books all stand alone but there are links).

This time we recorded it. Fathers who own camcorders are very useful when you discover that your plan to use your DSLR isn’t going to work. You’ll find the video at the end of this post.

A photograph of Charlie Place and Elizabeth Fremantle

© Photo:Gerry Walden/ 2016

Many, many thanks to Elizabeth and her friend, Glyn, who also joined us; Rachael from The Edge and Wessex Scene – read her pre-event piece here; and our photographer, Gerry Walden. Having finished it I’m feeling rather odd without promotion to do; I’ve started the planning for January.

Here’s the video, complete with my silly bumbling. I’ve cut the introduction a bit due to microphone issues.


Tracy Terry

November 28, 2016, 2:47 pm

What an amazing opportunity. Unfortunately for some reason I’m unable to access your video at present but will try again later.

On a slightly different note, I reviewed Whispers Through A Megaphone today.


November 28, 2016, 8:15 pm

I’m glad this was a success! I love Elizabeth Fremantle’s books (I’ve just finished The Girl in the Glass Tower) and would have liked to have been there, but Southampton is too far away for me. Thanks for sharing the video. :)


November 29, 2016, 7:45 pm

I really enjoyed Elizabeth Fremantle’s Sisters of Treason, but sadly I haven’t been able to read her other books yet. Sounds like a great evening – shame I wasn’t down south for it.


November 30, 2016, 5:18 pm

So glad the event was such a great success!

Laurie @ RelevantObscurity

November 30, 2016, 6:38 pm

What a wonderful interview. I learned a lot about her, although I have not read anything by her. Now I want to.

I am so glad, Charlie, for the success of these ‘conversations.’ :)


December 2, 2016, 1:55 pm

Tracy: It was a great evening, to be sure. I’ll leave my comments on your review on the post itself :)

Helen: Thanks, Helen!

Jessica: I recommend Queen’s Gambit next :) Let me know when you’re hereabouts (supposing it continues to be successful!)

Stefanie: Thanks, Stefanie!

Laurie: Thank you, Laurie! And I’m glad for the feedback. It’s very hard to ascertain for myself how it was!



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