Monday 16th July at 6:30pm
Tickets £5.00, available over the phone on 01799 524 552 or in-store.
Join us for an evening with Biographer Tessa West.
On 9 Feb Tessa introduced her biography on Woman’s Hour. Listen to the interview here.
“She was obviously quite a feisty young woman, she lied about her age to join the FANYs … She did seem to leave her own foundation under a bit of a cloud .. that was a very sad end for her and all the work that she had done … when you look back at her whole life what drove that ferocious energy that she had?”
Jenni Murray, BBC Woman’s Hour Presenter
“This book tells you all you need to know about a great lady with a great vision.”
“Sue Ryder was one of the best-known women of the second half of the 20th century, rivalled only by Mother Teresa for Catholic compassion and Diana, Princess of Wales, for personal charisma. She was also one of the least well-known, such was her skill in covering her tracks and hiding her true self … This biography offers a tantalising portrait.” Church Times
“A dervish-cum-dynamo. Stubborn. Hands-on. Driven. Feisty. Caring. Intensely private. Saintly. A nightmare. That’s a lot of labels .. . for a woman who lived by a simple motto: Do what you can for the person in front of you … Needless to say, the volume itself has so much wonderful detail!”
Steven Russell, East Anglian Daily Times
Tessa said “It’s a fascinating story. I feel the richer for spending a couple of years writing and researching it and definitely … my opinion of her has gone up when I’ve seen the stuff she has done …people think very warmly of her … and want to ensure the legend remains.” Lesley responded “You’ve done your bit for making sure the legend remains”.