WOMAD Book Club 2019

Posted on 9 May 2019

Join us for the annual WOMAD Book Club and journey with us through three, page-turner novels. We are really excited about these books and have been reading them avidly in the office. Join us at the festival to see each of the authors give a talk about their book and answer your burning questions.

Without further ado, here are your Book Club books.



Joanne Harris – The Strawberry Thief

In the 20th anniversary year of Joanne’s international bestseller “Chocolat”, she releases another in the series. Vianne Rocher is now settled in the French village that once rejected her, and still runs her chocolate shop in the square.  All is ticking along nicely, but then the florist dies leaving a parcel of land to Vianne’s daughter and a confession with the priest….then life in the sleepy village is thrown into disarray. Things are about to change!

Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French writer whose books include 14 novels, 2 cookbooks and many short stories.

Joanne will be talking at the festival on the 26th July.



Kit de Waal – The Trick to Time

Kit’s first novel “My Name is Leon” was an international best-seller. This is Kit’s second novel and we meet the central character, Mona, on the eve of her 60th birthday. The novel switches between the past and the present as we discover how tragedies of the past have impacted on the life she lives now. This is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing and a love that lasts a lifetime.

Kit de Waal worked for 15 years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate and sits on adoption panels. She is a champion for working class writers and with her first literary advance set up a fully funded scholarship for a budding writer from a disadvantaged background at Birkbeck, University of London.

Kit will be talking at the festival on the 27th July.



Terry Waite – Travels with A Primate

This is a guided world tour alongside Robert Runcie when he was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1980’s, with lots of trials and tribulations and some insight into the workings of the Church. The re-release of this book earlier this year means we can chat to Terry about how much the world has changed since then, and how his experiences have shaped his life and his current humanitarian work and writing.

Terry Waite was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for Robert Runcie in the 1980’s.  He travelled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of 4 hostages and was kidnapped himself and held captive from 1987 to 1991. Terry celebrates his 80th birthday in May.

Terry will be talking at the festival on the 28th July.


Hold tight for the full World of Words announcement coming on Wednesday 22 May.

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