Book Launch: Jenny Lecoat talks with John McCarthy

Author Jenny Lecoat is in conversation with John McCarthy about her new novel Beyond Summerland, set in the aftermath of Jersey’s Occupation.


Thu, 4 Jul 2024


The Grand Central, Brighton


Former stand-up Jenny Lecoat is now an internationally published author whose debut novel The Girl From the Channel Islands was a New York Times bestseller. For the launch of her second novel Beyond Summerland, set in the aftermath of Jersey’s Occupation, she speaks with celebrated journalist and broadcaster John McCarthy.

Jersey 1945. In the immediate aftermath of Liberation from the Nazis, Jean Parris and her family wait anxiously for news of her deported father.

But now a different kind of war is unleashed – a war amongst the islanders themselves. And as Jean, now a young woman, begins to question everything, she soon discovers not only the truth about her family, but the full implication of her own deceptions.

Beyond Summerland is a page-turning story of ordinary people in extraordinary times, and a tale of long-buried family secrets. It explores suspicion and prejudice, female friendship, and the fictions we cling to when we cannot afford to let them go; it is also a story of survival and the dangers of finding oneself on the wrong side of history.

Join Jenny to launch her latest book in the Nightingdale Room above the Grand Central pub near Brighton station. Copies of Beyond Summerland will be available to purchase at the event, supplied by Kemptown Bookshop.


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Thursday 04 Jul 2024
The Grand Central, Brighton. United Kingdom