Book Club with Kate Summerscale

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Bloomsbury Book Club with Kate Summerscale 

Interview by Alex Clark

Wednesday 22nd June

Join us to hear best-selling and award-winning author Kate Summerscale talk to journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark about her captivating new book The Wicked Boy.

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their home in East London to watch a cricket match. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, and the boys told their neighbours that their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, but as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.



Ticket Details

Book Club tickets are £20 including a copy of The Wicked Boy posted to you in advance, or £10 without the book. Season membership costs £80. To join please email

Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Time: Drinks from 6pm and talk from 6:30pm to 7.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Tickets: £20 including a hardback book or £10 without the book

Kate Summerscale is the author of the number one bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008, winner of the Galaxy British Book of the Year Award, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and adapted into a major ITV drama. Her first book, the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. Kate Summerscale has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in north London.

Alex Clark is a well-known literary journalist and broadcaster who writes for the Guardian, the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. She is a regular on Radio 4, chairs numerous literary events and is an experienced judge of literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize; she is currently chair of the Encore Award for a second novel. She lives in London.

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When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up into a highly publicised criminal trial. 

The Wicked Boy uncovers a fascinating true story of murder and morality, and of its astonishing aftermath. Join Kate and Alex for a compelling Book Club evening as they discuss the book in this illuminating interview. Enjoy drinks, and have copies of your book signed, which we will post to you on publication. 

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