Peirene Supper Club: An intimate Supper Club with bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud

12/06/2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to join an award-winning author for an evening of delicious food, good conversation and great literature in the exclusive setting of Book and Kitchen on the All Saints Road in Notting Hill.

The Peirene Supper Club is an intimate dinner for 16, providing you with exclusive and personal access to the great minds of contemporary European literature. Dinner will be served at 7.30 pm in the lower ground floor of Book and Kitchen and a welcome drink at 7 pm on the ground floor.

Ticket price includes dinner, half a bottle of wine and a copy of ‘Reader for Hire’. For vegetarian options please contact with details once booking is confirmed.


Starters (Sharing Plates):
Céleri Rémoulade
Roquefort salad

Coq au Vin with Pomme Puree
Provencal Mackerel
Spring Vegetables Flan

Cheese board
Homemade Chocolate truffles

Drinks: Half a bottle of wine per guest (Boutique Lebanese wine); Coffee and Tea

How can reading improve our lives? And is there such a thing as ‘the art of reading’? To celebrate the publication of Raymond Jean’s Reader for Hire, the bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud will give us insights into her profession and prescribe a personal reading list for each dinner guest.

A beautiful homage to the art of reading – light and funny. A celebration of the union of sensuality and language.

Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses a beautiful voice. So, one day she decides to put an ad in the local paper offering her services as a paid reader. Her first client, a paralysed teenager, is transformed by her reading of a Maupassant short story. Marie-Constance’s fame spreads and soon the rich, the creative and the famous clamour for her services.

Why Peirene chose to publish this book:
‘The premise of the story is brilliant – a woman who loves reading aloud acquires – without realizing – power over others. What’s true for her clients becomes real for you, the reader of this book. As you turn the pages, think of Marie-Constance as the personification of ‘reading’ itself. And I promise you an experience you will never forget.’ Meike Ziervogel

Translated from the French by Adriana Hunter.