With indoor hospitality venues reopening on 17 May, we are delighted to announce our first live events in more than a year, the launch of Laurel Lindström’s debut novel The Draftsman (below) and the 2021 Best First Novel Award.

The Authors’ Club was among the first literary bodies to go digital in response to the pandemic, with our LitFest Online last May. We will continue to provide an engaging programme of online talks and interviews in our monthly LitLunch Online series. All our interviews are archived on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, and are available to watch  for free at any time. 

7pm, Wednesday 19 May, Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club

‘Lindstrom subtly explores the mind of a damaged genius – a man with monochrome certainties but little grasp of human sympathies – as he gradually learns how to feel and respond to the world around him.’ – John Walsh

Laurel Lindström’s debut novel The Draftsman (Unbound) focuses on the character of Martin Cox, a brilliant but untrained draftsman and inventor in his early twenties. His talent has made him rich, but he is damaged and obsessive, while a dark secret lurks in the grounds of his country house.

Laurel Lindström, aka Laurel Brunner, lives in East Sussex. Her background as a technology writer and consultant is ever-present in The Draftsman. Laurel grew up in London, New York and Heidelberg. She worked and studied in California for many years, where she completed a degree in Linguistics and English Literature at UCLA. 

The dinner costs £35, and includes two courses and a glass of club wine. Because of the need for social distancing, there is a maximum of 30 places, so please book early and inform the club of any dietary requirements.

7pm, Wednesday 19 May, Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club

NLC and full Authors’ Club members may book online:
1) Login to the members’ area of the NLC website with registered email address and membership number 
2) Go to My Profile > Events
3) Select Authors’ Club Dinner from the Events List
4) Follow on-screen instructions to book
5) Proceed to payment 

Alternatively, please contact the booking office at bookings@nlc.org.uk or call 020 7968 0912.