Authors' Club Lunch with C. J. Schüler

April 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm
National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London

‘Crisp, quirky dialogue and incisive scene-sketching […] full of incident and anecdote and the oddest facts imaginable. Pure pleasure.’ – Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica

Our April lunch guest is well known to many Authors’ Club members: former chairman, historian of this club and current committee member C. J. Schüler, who will talk about his latest book, Along the Amber Route: St Petersburg to Venice, which was published by Sandstone Press in February.

Light, portable and high in value, amber is an ideal commodity for long-distance trade. An Amber Route, comparable to the Silk Road, ran from the Baltic to the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Schüler followed this route
 by bus, train and boat for 2,500 kilometres along river valleys, forest paths and Roman roads, through some of the greatest fault lines of European geopolitics. As he explores lands contested by Romans and Vandals, Teutons and Slavs, lost empires and the former Iron Curtain, Schüler must also confront his own family history, Nazism and the Holocaust.

C. J. Schüler is the author of three illustrated histories of cartography, Mapping the WorldMapping the City and Mapping the Sea and Stars (Éditions Place des Victoires, 2010–12)and co-author of the best-selling Traveller’s Atlas (Barron, 1999). Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891–2016 was published in 2016 to commemorate the club’s 125th anniversary. He has written on literature, travel and the arts for The IndependentThe Independent on Sunday, The Financial Times,The TabletSlightly Foxed and New Statesman, was chairman of the Authors’ Club from 2008 to 2015, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011.

The charge for the two-course lunch (starter, main course, coffee and chocolates) and a glass of club wine is £33 per person. To book, phone 020 7930 9871 or email louisa@nlc.org.uk. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card. Please book by 5pm on Friday, 20 April.