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A Slice of Claret News - February Edition

Our event on March 7 is fast approaching! Join us for The Handmaid's Tale: A How-To Guide for Stripping Citizenship, episode 3 of our 6-part series, The Controlling Idea hosted with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Libraries.

Teddy and I will grapple with this highly emotive and topical issue. Then we'll be joined by special guest Dr Matthew Godwin, an author of books on women and minority rights and also a researcher on policy for the House of Lords.

You'll be able to ask him questions at the end in a lengthy Q&A.

Episode 3: The Handmaid's Tale: A How-To Guide for Stripping Citizenship so Effective it’s Happening Now.

Mon, 7 March 2022, 18:30-19:30 GMT

Register for free at Eventbrite.


We would love for you to join our author Jill Culiner on February 27 for her event Life In Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Century, with a focus on Galicia, Russia and Romania, hosted by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

We would also recommend reading Jill Culiner's books, A Contrary Journey with Velvel Zbarzher Bard and Finding Home in the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers, which focus respectively on daily life in the mid 1800s and the impact of anti-Semitism in Romania, and provide a picture of what life was like in Eastern Europe in the 19th Century.

Life In Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Century

Sun, 27 February 2022, 11.00-12.00 GMT

To register for the Zoom event, send your name and email to, with February 27 program in the subject line, and a confirmation and link will be sent to you.


Not only is Julie Anderson a fantastic story-teller, she's also a very talented illustrator and we wanted to share with you some of the brilliant illustrations featured in the Cassandra Fortune Series.

The illustration to the right is of a talwar or tulwar, an ancient design of sword found in the Asian subcontinent and the Middle East. Its design includes a hilt and guard made of a single piece of metal. The blade, often four feet long or more, is made of steel and slightly curved. This drawing was inspired by swords in the collection of antique armour in the Wallace Collection, Hertford House. This particular talwar hangs above the mantlepiece in the house of one of the characters in Opera, the next Cassandra Fortune story.

The illustration of the Houses of Parliament decorates Plague, Julie's first book featuring the intrepid civil servant sleuth, Cassie Fortune. And the illustration of the temple is the key setting for her second book in the series, Oracle. They're both great reads too.

Visit our Payhip Webshop for Julie Anderson's Plague and Oracle, the first two books of the series.


We're delighted to introduce our new author, Ray Rumsby. Ray has a background in education, campaigning and theatre, as well as a keen interest in historical subjects. This rich engagement with the world has inspired him to write his first book, The Prentice-Boy.

We're putting together the cover for it now (so many different versions and opinions about which one is best!). We're looking forward to sharing the final decision with you soon.



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