Literary Evening with Anna Pasternak & Liz Trubridge

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Haslemere Travel is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the first “Haslemere Travel Literary Evening” on Thursday, May 18th, as part of this year’s biannual Haslemere Festival.

The exclusive event will have a Russian theme, with three exciting women speakers set to entertain guests. Anna Pasternak (great-niece of Boris Pasternak, the Nobel prize-winning author of Dr Zhivago) will be talking about her new book “Lara: The Untold Love Story that inspired Dr Zhivago” – the tale of the true, heartbreaking love affair between Boris and Olga Ivinskaya.

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Carnival Films are currently developing Lara with Liz Trubridge, producer of TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, for a major, six part TV series. Excitingly, as part of this stimulating evening, Liz Trubridge has also agreed to talk about how she is bringing the book to the TV screen.

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The chair of the evening will be Val Hudson, former editorial director of Harper Collins and Hodder Headline, who is a published author herself and the author of the Bowatching series of teen novels; A Simples Life, the best-selling ‘autobiography’ of the cravat-wearing, Russian meerkat Aleksandr, as well as the extraordinary story of ‘Arthur: the dog that crossed a jungle to find a home’.

The event will begin at 7.30pm (ending c 9.30pm) at the Haslemere Educational Museum and will include refreshments during the interval, as well as the opportunity to purchase paperbacks and have them signed by the two authors.

On the night, Haslemere Travel will also be launching some exciting, exclusive special offers for tours to Russia, in partnership with luxury tour operator Kirker Holidays.

And finally, there will be a fund-raising raffle at the event in aid of the Museum, with a wonderful first prize of a luxury spa day for two with a scrumptious cream tea at Guildford Harbour Hotel.


Please note: This is a ticket-only event. To purchase tickets (March 1st onwards) which cost £15 (wine included) call 01428 642161 or email:

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