Candice Millard

Watermark Books & Cafe will host author Candice Millard for a reading and signing of Hero of the Empire on Monday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at Abode Venue, located in the Douglas Design District at 1330 E. Douglas. 

Discounted DRINK TICKETS for the event are also available at Watermark Books & Cafe prior to the event. Pick up your drink ticket(s) in advance to save $1.00 on drinks at Abode. 

For parking information, click on the PDF link below. 

Speacialty drinks for the Candice Millard event include a Hero of the Martini and the River of Jungle Juice. 

From "New York Times" bestselling author of "Destiny of the Republic" and "The River of Doubt," a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill's extraordinary and little-known exploits during the Boer War At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering the Spanish-American War in Cuba, glory and fame had eluded him.

Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival, the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed, and Churchill was taken prisoner. Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape--but then had to traverse hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits to guide him.

The story of his escape is incredible enough, but then Churchill enlisted, returned to South Africa, fought in several battles, and ultimately liberated the men with whom he had been imprisoned.

Churchill would later remark that this period, "could I have seen my future, was to lay the foundations of my later life." Millard spins an epic story of bravery, savagery, and chance encounters with a cast of historical characters including Rudyard Kipling, Lord Kitchener, and Mohandas Gandhi with whom he would later share the world stage. But "Hero of the Empire" is more than an adventure story, for the lessons Churchill took from Boer War would profoundly affect 20th century history.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Abode Venue
1330 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill By Candice Millard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385535731
Availability: Hard to Find. This book may be unable to order.
Published: Doubleday - September 20th, 2016