New Rowing Book Talks at Leander Club

Leander Club are launching a new programme of rowing book talks starting on 7 September with Bonnie Garmus, best-selling author of Lessons in Chemistry in aid of the Leander Trust which provides opportunities for young people to enable and encourage rowing and sculling.

The library at Leander Club has one of the most comprehensive collection of rowing books and documents in the world and is owned by the Leander Trust. The Leander Trust’s mission is to advance the education of young people and their physical education by providing facilities – including grant awards; and to help by providing facilities for recreation for those who need such facilities because of their youth, social or economic circumstances. Irene Hewlett, Leander Club Librarian said, “The programme has created opportunities for young people who did not have access to rowing, but now have offers to study at American universities on rowing scholarships! It is truly making a difference in the lives of young people.”

On 9 November the Club are thrilled to have Gavin Jamieson, author of the very recently launched Water’s Gleaming Gold, the story of Hugh ‘Jumbo’ Edwards, an Oarsman, Olympian and Airman. Water’s Gleaming Gold is the incredible true story of the most extraordinary 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.

The final talk in series 1 is on 18 January 2024 when Leander’s very own Andy Trotman will talk through the Leander Club, The First 200 years 1818 – 2018
Leander’s Bicentenary Book was shortlisted as one of the outstanding illustrated books of the year and 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.

All the above events are bookable through this link: and the ticket price includes a finger buffet in the beautiful dining room at Leander Club overlooking the River Thames.

Future talks on the horizon in 2024 are with Chris Seward, who has written a comprehensive history of rowing at Westminster School and John Beresford, son of eminent rower Jack Beresford who won five medals at five Olympic Games in succession up to 1936!


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