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Under The Covers | Ella Berthoud interviewing Candice Carty-Williams

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The House of St Barnabas

1 Greek Street

Soho

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W1D 4NQ

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Under the Covers is an illuminating series of talks in which Ella Berthoud, bibliotherapist and co-author of The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies puts an author, artist or person of note onto the couch, and asks them all about the books that made them – what they read as a child and a teenager, what they read now - and all about their lives and what they have just been writing, painting or performing.

We're hugely excited that our next guest is fiction writer, Candice Carty-Williams.

Candice Carty-Williams is an author, book marketer and sometime journalist based in south London. Born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver and a Jamaican-Indian dyslexic receptionist, Candice worked in the media before moving into publishing aged 23. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, before moving to Vintage Books.

Candice’s novel, Queenie, was published in March 2019 and is described as “Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.”

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

Ella will prescribe books to the guest according to their ailments and needs. Audience members are encouraged to join in with recommendations and questions for the guest. Copies of Queenie will be available to buy at the event.


The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. Participants in our Employment Academy are given work placements throughout our not-for-profit members' club, enabling them to gain valuable work experience in a vibrant, inclusive and culturally driven space and City&Guilds awards in Hospitality and Employability.

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The club is an adult only space except for Saturdays when children are welcome until 7pm.

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Regrettably, due to the nature of our building, there is limited disabled access. There is some information available on our website, but please do email contact@hosb.org.uk for any further detail.

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