As some of you will know, I was invited to attend the VIP launch of Neil Spring’s latest book, The Watchers, at the Winston Churchill War Rooms last Friday. If you haven’t been to this incredible piece of London history, I urge you to go as soon as possible. I had been to the Imperial War museum before, however I had never ventured to Westminster to see the place where Churchill ran the war from, a place which was miraculously never hit during the London bombings.
Amid this spectacular setting we were treated to a lovely drinks reception followed by speeches from Lord Black and of course, Neil himself. Neil took the time to walk everyone through the background to the book and his research, which I really appreciated (rather than him read a chapter or two). It was fascinating to hear about all the documents he had uncovered in the National Archives and see photographs of the children who had claimed to witness a UFO landing in the field behind their school. For those who haven’t yet bought the book I encourage you to do so. We heard that there is currently an 8-way auction taking place in Hollywood for the film rights to this novel so it is certainly not the last you will be hearing of it.
Once the speeches were done, we were free to explore the museum. It was amazing to see the rooms so perfectly preserved and get a feel for what it must have been like living and working in such a confined space. Churchill had a bedroom right next door to the operations room! Here are a few pictures from the evening.