Award-winning author, Thomas Harding, comes from a family rich in stories and remarkable accomplishments. On his father’s side, this led to two acclaimed books, Hanns & Rudolf and The House by the Lake. Now, thanks to his mother’s side, he has told the incredible story of the ground-breaking corporation, J Lyons in LEGACY: One Family, a Cup of Tea, and the Company who took on the World.

Join us to hear Thomas talk about Legacy, and how his family and their stories have influenced and enriched his life…


In the early 1800s Lehmann Glückstein and his family escaped the pogroms of Eastern Europe and made their way to Whitechapel in the East End of London. There, starting with nothing, they worked tirelessly to pull themselves out of the slums, creating a small tobacco factory that quickly grew to become the largest catering company in the world: J. Lyons.

For over a century, Lyons was everywhere. Its restaurants and corner houses were on every high street, its coffee and tea in every cup, its products in every home. By bringing the world to the British people, the company transformed the way we eat, drink and are entertained – democratising luxury and globalising our tastes.

Legacy charts the rise and fall of one of the most influential dynasties in British history through the lives of five astonishing generations, bound together by an unbreakable code. This is a sweeping yet intimate work of history, filled with stories of sacrifice and selflessness, betrayal and personal tragedy, Empire and its cost, and success on an unimaginable scale.

Thomas Harding is the author of Hanns And Rudolf, a Sunday Times bestseller, winner of the JQ-Wingate Prize, a Costa Biography Award nominee, and published in 20+ languages; The House By The Lake, serialized on BBC’s Book of the Week, a Costa Biography Award and Orwell Prize nominee; Blood On The Page, winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-fiction; and the internationally acclaimed Kadian Journal: A Father’s StoryHis next book Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea, and the Company who took on the World is published in August 2019. Thomas has written for the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post, Spiegel and the Guardian, among other publications. Twitter: @thomasharding

DATE: 12 September 2019
TIME: 7.00 – 9.00pm
VENUE: London, NW3

This event is for Circle Sq. Members only