Special Book Group November - Appointment with Venus by Jerrard Tickell

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Join us at Golden Hare on Thursday 10th of November 2022 for a special book group discussing Jerrard Tickell's novel, Appointment with Venus. We're so pleased that we'll be joined by Rosa Rankin-Gee, who wrote the introduction for this new edition, so it will be an evening not to miss!

If you're after an evening of lively discussion, this may be the event for you. By purchasing the book you reserve your space in our book group, which will take place at 6.30pm in our shop in Stockbridge. Any questions? We're happy to help, just get in touch via email!

It is 1940. The world is at war, and all that stands between England and Nazi-occupied Europe is the tiny (fictitious) Channel Island of Armorel - controlled by German soldiers but still home to loyal villagers, a pacifist painter ... and a pedigree Guernsey cow named Venus. 

A plot is hatched by the War Office in London to liberate Venus - and so this intrepid adventure begins, combining romantic young love and patriotic heroism with submarine missions, enemy action, wartime tragedy and cow-napping.

Jerrard Tickell (author of Odette - a memoir of the celebrated SOE agent) wrote Appointment with Venus in 1951 while lodging in Le Manoir on Sark - a grand old house that was once home to the island's feudal Seigneurs, and which also served as German HQ during the Occupation. 

Tickell was inspired by Sark's real-life recent history after hearing about the evacuation of cattle from the Channel Islands during the Second World War. His story went on to be enormously successful, both as this bestselling novel and as the acclaimed film of the same name, starring David Niven and Glynis Johns.