The next Books That Built Me salon is with Samantha Ellis, author of one of my favourite books of 2014, How To Be A Heroine.
If, as a child, you devoured books like Anne of Green Gables, or A Little Princess, and later Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and Gone with the Wind, and identified with their heroines, this Books That Built Me is for you.
Samantha Ellis' pilgrimage to the ruined farmhouse that inspired Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights leads to a disagreement with her best friend as to whether Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre is the better role model: having held onto Cathy as the epitome of a romantic heroine her whole life, Ellis decides to revisit all the literary heroines she's held dear to see if they still pass muster.
Her heroines are a wonderfully eclectic bunch (Shirley Conran's Lace makes the cut, as does The Little Mermaid).
Join me on 21st January to hear which heroines make the Books That Built Me list.
Tickets are either £26, to include a subscription to Harper's Bazaar, a copy of How to Be A Heroine, a pre-event drinks reception with delicious Nyetimber, and a Bazaar goodybag with a gift from Prestat chocolate; or £15, to include How To Be A Heroine, the Nyetimber reception and the Bazaar goodybag. Penhaligon's will, as ever, choose one of their scents with which to fragrance the room.
The Books That Built Me is an elegant literary salon, a desert island discs for authors, or as Sarah Churchwell, author of Careless People, wrote, it's 'how the books you love meet the books you write'.