LORD Wandsworth College has hosted the sixth annual Festival of Book Clubs.
The school at Long Sutton, near Odiham, welcomed some high-profile authors to the event, among them Allison Pearson, whose ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ has sold more than four million copies, Laurie Graham discussing her latest novel ‘Anyone for Seconds?’, and Amanda Craig whose book ‘The Lie of the Land’ was named Telegraph Book of the Year.
Also in attendance was Fanny Blake, author of ‘An Italian Summer’, Ruth Pavey introducing her first book ‘A Wood of One’s Own’ and Veronica Henry, who has written more than 20 novels, the most recent another good read entitled ‘A Family Recipe’.
Tim O’Kelly, owner of One Tree Books in Petersfield, acted as master of ceremonies, chatting with the authors about their wide ranging subject matter.
Adam Williams, headteacher at Lord Wandsworth College, gave a brief introduction and some background about the college as he welcomed more than 170 guests from a variety of book clubs across the county who listened with interest as the authors discussed their latest novels.
Afternoon tea followed and then guests had the chance to chat to the authors and get their books signed.
All proceeds this year were donated to the Lord Wandsworth Foundation, which supports around 50 pupils within the college at any one time and whose lives have been disrupted by the loss of one or both parents.