An Evening with John Connolly
Thursday 7 September, 6.30pm
The Pantry Restaurant, floor 3
We welcome John Connolly, international best-selling author of the Charlie Parker series.
With his new novel, he, John recreates the golden age of Hollywood and one of the great comedy partnerships of all time, Laurel &Hardy. This is an extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake ...
he is Stan Laurel.
The evening will include a short film about Laurel as well as a conversation with John about his extraordinary new book.
Tickets £5, available from Customer services, floor 2 or jarrold.co.uk
Includes a glass of wine and £5 off when you purchase the book on the evening.
Chris Rushby, Book Buyer/Manager says...
"John Connolly is an award winning and Sunday Times best-selling thriller writer, but John’s new title is unlike anything else he has ever written – and one of the most affecting and poignant novels I’ve read in a long while. John’s book he (with a lower case, rather than a capital h) is a novelisation of the life of Stan Laurel (and so inevitably that of his partner Oliver Hardy too). The book recreates the golden age of Hollywood and stars like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and John Wayne flit through its pages. But Laurel’s own story is at the heart of this book: the genius, the failed marriages and, ultimately, the friendship with Hardy that defined both men’s lives and is at times heartbreakingly poignant. This is one of those books where I want to stop strangers on the street and tell them how brilliant it is, how much I want them to read it and share my joy at the quality of John’s writing. I’m particularly proud to be hosting this evening."