For our November lunch we are delighted to welcome back the award-winning travel writer Sara Wheeler, a long-standing friend of the Authors’ Club and former Chair of Judges of the Stanford Dolman Award. Sara will discuss her latest book, Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age. Its creation took her across eight time zones, from the Arctic tundra where Chukchi still hunt walrus to the ethnic cauldron that is the Caucasus, with the classic Russian writers Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky as her guides. Using homestays, she spent months in fourth-floor apartments sprawled on sofas with her hosts, watching television, her new friends bent over devices and moaning about Ukraine, to reveal a Russia we don’t hear about in the news – a Russia of common humanity and daily struggles.
Sara Wheeler is the author of Chile: Travels in a Thin Country (1994), Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (1997), for which she spent seven months as writer in residence at a U.S. polar station, Too Close to the Sun (2006), a biography of Denys Finch Hatton, The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic (2010) and O My America! Second Acts in a New World (2013). She is a regular contributor to The Times, the Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller.
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 email@example.com by Friday 15 November. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or debit card.