Vanessa Beaumont & Imogen Edwards-Jones in conversation: The Other Side of Paradise


6.30pm, Wednesday 22nd May



Join us to hear Vanessa Beaumont talk about her heartbreaking debut novel The Other Side of Paradise, which tells the story of a mother’s desperate attempt to protect her sons from a secret that will destroy them.


LONDON 1920 – Jean Buckman, a young and innocent American heiress, arrives in England to find a society decimated by war but resolutely clinging to the status quo. She marries Edward Warre, the inheritor of a once great but now struggling estate. As the marriage falters, Jean spends her summers in the South of France where she embarks on a passionate affair that will have repercussions for the rest of her life. 


The Other Side of Paradise is the heart-breaking story of a family ripped apart by the shackles of inheritance and the rules imposed upon them by a society that cannot face the truth.


Vanessa Beaumont studied Classics at Oxford University before joining Short Books, the independent publisher in London, where she was Commissioning Editor for 8 years, editing both fiction and non-fiction. She co-ran the literary agency Prentice Beaumont before embarking on this novel.


Vanessa will be joined in conversation by Imogen Edwards-Jones. Imogen studied Russian at Bristol University. Her first book, The Taming of Eagles, was about the first 100 days of the collapse of communism. A writer and journalist, she has travelled extensively within the old Soviet Union, studying in Kyiv. She is the author of twenty books including the best-selling Babylon series.  Her latest novel, The Witch’s Daughter, is the sequel to The Witches of St Petersburg.


Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.


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