Authors' Club Lunch with Vesna Goldsworthy

June 16, 2022 12:30 pm

Two worlds on the brink of change in a love story doomed to disaster

Milena is a Red Princess living in a Soviet Satellite state in the 1980s. She enjoys limitless luxury and limited freedom; the end of the Cold War seems unimaginable.

When she meets Jason, a confident British poet, Milena is appalled by his political naivety and his poor choice of footwear. Still, they fall into bed together, and before long Milena is secretly planning to escape to Britain.

1980s London defies her privileged expectations. The rented flat is grim and the food is disgusting but she is with the man she loves and there are no hidden cameras to record her every move. But then Milena discovers that Jason’s idea of freedom hurts even more…

With sharp wit and tender precision, Vesna Goldsworthy unpicks the failures of family and state. Iron Curtain is a sly, elegant human drama that challenges the myths we tell ourselves.

Vesna Goldsworthy’s new novel Iron Curtain, Chatto & Windus, 2022 (UK); W.W.Norton 2023 (US) is one of the Times Best Books of 2022; The Independent Book of the Month; the Tablet Book of the Month; The Guardian Book of the Day; Amazon Kindle Bestseller; Hatchards Book of the Week; LRB Bookshop Book of the Week; LRB Bookshop Best Books of 2022; Daunt Bookshop Book of the Week & John Sandoe Bookshop Winter Choice.

Vesna Goldsworthy comes from Belgrade. She began her writing life as a poet and aged 22 performed her poetry to thirty thousand people at a football stadium. At 24 she moved to the UK and started writing in English, her third language. Her widely-translated books include a prize-winning poetry collection The Angel of Salonika; an internationally bestselling memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries; and the London-based novels Gorsky and Monsieur Ka. A former BBC World Service journalist, she is now an academic and occasional broadcaster.

To book please contact the booking office at or call 020 7968 0912. The two-course lunch starting at 12:30pm followed by coffee and mints costs £32.50. Please book early and inform the club of any dietary requirements.