An Evening with Dorset Author Damien Lewis

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Local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, is inviting the local community to join them in a private audience with Sunday Times best-selling author Damien Lewis on Thursday 23 May, following the release of his latest book – SAS Italian Job.

Damien will reveal the amazing story, which has made the national press, of Dorset man Mike ‘Wild Man’ Lees – the hero of South Lytchett Manor, now Lytchett Minster School, and his daring WWII parachute mission to destroy a supposedly secure Nazi fortress.

Guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to meet Mike Lees’ daughter Christine Bueno and a Special Forces veteran, as well as bid for some very unique auction prizes, including a number of very rare Special Forces coins and an author’s mention in Damien’s next book.

The evening will take place in the heart of the original Lees’ family home – The Manor House at Lytchett Minster School – from 7.30pm. Guests will enjoy a cheese and wine reception before hearing the remarkable story of Mike Lees. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to get their copy of Damien’s book signed.

Author, Damien Lewis, said: “I have never come across a more clearly deserving case for honour than this one. I am very much looking to supporting Diverse Abilities by being part of this event and I hope many local people purchase tickets to hear this great story.”

Christine Bueno, daughter to Mike Lees of which SAS Italian Job is about, said: “I am very much looking forward to the evening. The book is just fantastic and highlights what we already knew – that my father was a man of honour and principle. He was just doing his job. I urge you to come along and hear this great story, while supporting a fabulous local cause.”

Tickets for the event are just £25. All proceeds will support Diverse Abilities to continue its vital work across Dorset, providing care to children and adults living with disabilities, and their families.

To join Diverse Abilities at this event, please visit or call the fundraising team on 01202 718266.