The Oldie Literary Lunch

Erwin James, Jeremy Musson & Chris Mullin

Erwin James committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in murder for which he was jailed for life in 1984. In prison aged 27, James met Joan, a psychologist, who helped him transform his life. Erwin James would go on to receive a BA in History, and become a regular columnist for the Guardian. In Redeemable, James offers no excuses – only the need to understand how we become who we become, and shows that no matter how far a person may fall, redemption is possible with the right kind of help.

Writer and broadcaster Jeremy Musson (architectural editor at Country Life from 1998–2007) celebrates the work of Robert Adam, the great eighteenth-century architect who influenced generations by stamping his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic vision on the English country house interior, with a biographical and contextual account of Adam’s life and work describes his unique design process, his patrons, and the legacy of his design achievement.

All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do.  Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. He was the author of three novels, including the classic A Very British Coup. His successful campaign to free the innocent people convicted of the Birmingham bombings was described as ‘one of the greatest feats ever achieved by an investigative reporter’. Elected to parliament, aged 39, he established himself as a fearless inquisitor before going on to become a minister in three departments. These are his memoirs.


Pea and mint velouté
Smoked salmon crème cheese and crayfish roulade with caper salad and lemon dressing
Chicken liver pate with toasted sourdough & plum compote


Roast sirloin of Derbyshire beef, Yorkshire pudding, beef dripping roast potatoes and pan gravy
Pan fried sea bass fillet with shellfish chowder and samphire
Wild mushroom and truffle gnocchi with parmesan crisp


Raspberry and almond Bakewell tart with raspberry sorbet
Lemongrass crème brulée with cardamom biscuits
Selection of British cheese and biscuits with homemade chutney


Coffee served with Petit Fours


23 July 2017


12.00pm  - 3.00pm




Old Hall Hotel

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