18 July 2023

Rowing book series: Lessons in Chemistry

You are invited to hear best-selling author Bonnie Garmus discuss her brilliant novel, Lessons in Chemistry, in aid of the Leander Trust on Thursday 7th September at 6pm.

This is the first in a series of three Leander Library Rowing Book Talks scheduled to be held in the club’s beautiful Dining Room overlooking the River Thames. A finger buffet including honey and mustard glazed sausage rolls, grilled artichokes with marinated olives and sweet chilli falafels (among other delicacies) will be served at each.

The talks are bookable at here.

Thursday 7th September: Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But, it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. 

Except for one: Calvin Evans, the lonely, brilliant, Nobel Prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of all things – her mind. True chemistry results.

But, like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why, a few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, no everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook – she’s daring them to change the status quo.

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, in the US and abroad, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open water swimmer, rower, and mother of two incredible daughters. Although Seattle is still home, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

Bonnie Garmus’ first novel, Lessons in Chemistry, is a No.1 Sunday Times and No. 1 New York Times bestseller. It was voted Hay Festival Book of the Year by readers, won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Novel and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. Translated into more than thirty-five languages, it is being adapted as an Apple TV series starring Brie Larson.

Thursday 9th November: Gavin Jamieson, Water’s Gleaming Gold

This is the incredible true story of Hugh ‘Jumbo’ Edwards, oarsman, Olympian, pilot, war hero and legendary British rowing coach. This is the tale of a man of courage and conviction – on a pursuit to redemption from public humiliation.

Thursday 18th January: Andy Trotman, Leander Club, The First 200 Years, 1818-2018

We’re excited to welcome our very own Andy Trotman to talk us through Leander’s Bicentenary Book, shortlisted as one of the outstanding illustrated books of the year. This wonderfully illustrated and informative book took many hundreds of hours of painstaking research and work and is a wonderful tribute to the club past and present.

About The Leander Trust

The Leander Trust is a registered charity (No. 284631) to advance the education of young people and their physical education by providing facilities – including grant awards – to enable and encourage rowing and sculling; and to help by providing facilities for recreation for those who need such facilities because of their youth, social or economic circumstances. A short presentation will be held to illustrate the benefit of the Trust.

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