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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 13th Nov 2012

The Players Club

7pm

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. Her latest book, Happier at Home, saw Rubin embark on a new project to explore how to make home a happier place. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law when she realized she really wanted to be a writer.

Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney shot to fame with the publication of his first novel, Bright Lights, Big City in 1984. It remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels about New York. He is also the author of Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, Model Behaviour, How It Ended, The Good Life and The Juice: Vinous Veritas. He writes about wine for many publications including The Wall Street Journal.

Frances Osborne

Frances Osborne

Frances Osborne is an author and a biographer. Her book Park Lane (2012) is the first of two historical novels for her UK publishers, Virago. In 2008 she published The Bolter: Idina Sackville – the woman who scandalised 1920’s society and became White Mischief’s infamous seductress, a National Bestseller in the USA. It was also listed as an O (Oprah Magazine) 'Terrific Read Of 2009', and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s 'Best Book of the Year'. In the UK, The Bolter was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, shortlisted for the 'Best Read in Britain' prize, and has held the Number One position in several paperback non-fiction lists, including The Sunday Times, where it was in the Top Ten for almost three months.  

Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington is the creative director of Vogue. She started her career modelling, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy “travelogues” that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, became instant classics. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity.