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Alison Case

Tuesday 1st September, 7.30pm

Nelly Dean is an astonishing novel: written by an expert on 19th century British fiction, it retells the story of Wuthering Heights from the perspective of the Earnshaws’ long suffering servant, the aforementioned Nelly Dean. One of our booksellers (who admits to previously disliking Wuthering Heights!) found it utterly compelling: a completely transformative envisioning of an immensely […]

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Andrew Miller

Thursday 3rd September, 7.30pm

From the Costa Award-winning author of Pure comes The Crossing,  a viscerally honest, hypnotic portrait of modern love and motherhood, the lure of the sea and the ultimate unknowability of others. This pitch-perfect novel confirms Andrew Miller’s position as one of the finest writers of his generation, and his appearance in Ely heralds the start […]

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Pat Barker

Tuesday 8th September, 7.30pm

In Noonday, Pat Barker, Man Booker prizewinner for Regeneration, turns to World War Two. Paul, Elinor and Kit first met in 1914 at the Slade, before their generation lost hope, faith and much else on the battlefields the Somme. Now it is 1940 and another war has begun. As the bombs fall and they struggle […]

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Tessa Hadley

Wednesday 9th September, 7.30pm

In Tessa’s latest novel, The Past, three sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents’ old house for the summer. The house is full of memories of their past, but under the idyllic surface there are tensions. With precision and sympathy, Tessa charts squalls of lust and envy, the consolations of memory and affection, […]

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Nicola Upson

Thursday 10th September, 7.30pm

The sixth novel in the Josephine Tey series sets an audacious, deeply personal crime against the backdrop of the 1937 Coronation. Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose is called in to investigate the murder of one of the BBC’s best-known broadcasters. A second victim – his mistress, a leading actress – suggests that the motive lies […]

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Reading Groups September – Caleb Williams

Monday 14th September, 7.30pm

William Godwin – Caleb Williams A thrilling novel of suspense, a rousing denunciation of social injustice and a pioneering study in the psychology of guilt, Godwin’s extraordinary novel is a strikingly succesful dramatisation of his political philosophy and a most vivid evocation of a world whose certainties are being overturned.  

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Reading Groups September, Bad Blood

Monday 14th September, 7.30pm

Lorna Sage – Bad Blood From a childhood of gothic proportions in a vicarage on the Welsh borders, through adolescence, leaving herself teetering on the brink of the 1960’s, Lorna Sage vividly and wittily brings to life a vanished time and place and illuminates the lives of three generations of women. Lorna Sage was a […]

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Jim Kelly

Tuesday 15th September, 7.30pm

Death on Demand is the stunning new Shaw & Valentine mystery from Jim Kelly: when the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright’s 100th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene. Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair to the water’s edge and strangled her. But why kill a harmless centurion? As […]

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Neil Oliver

Wednesday 16th September, 7.30pm

Neil Oliver is something of a national institution: presenter of Coast and The History Detectives, he has been at the forefront of the resurgence of interesting, intelligent television programmes in recent years. Now he turns his keen archaeological and historical knowledge to fiction. Neil is, as we all know, a superb speaker and has an […]

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William Boyd

Thursday 17th September, 7.30pm

Amory’s memories of her father are of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences are what she chiefly remembers. Her uncle gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashing a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. In Sweet Caress William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama […]

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Frances Quinn

Monday 28th September, 7.30pm

Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her showstopping baking skills to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. With Quinntessential Baking she brings a treasure trove of inspiration and creativity to your kitchen. Her combination of ideas and ingredients provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and how to apply a little […]

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Robert Tombs

Thursday 8th October, 7.30pm

In The English and Their History, Robert Tombs gives an almost unprecedented insight into the history of our nation, and the way that it has affected our ideas about ourselves as a nation. His accessible language, touches of dry (very English!) humour and scholarly research has made the book an instant classic, and we are […]

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Edmund de Waal

Monday 12th October, 7pm

The Hare with the Amber Eyes was the publishing sensation of 2010, an almost unclassifiable work of memoir, meditation and history. Now Edmund de Waal turns his attention to the subject he knows best. The White Road is a  journey through a 1000 years of stories about porcelain, from those who first made it in […]

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A.N. Wilson

Monday 19th October, 7.30pm

A. N. Wilson has been thinking about the Bible, and reading it, since he read theology for a year at university. Charting his own relationship with the Bible over a lifetime of writing, he argues that it remains relevant even in a largely secular society, as a philosophical work, a work of literature and a […]

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Richard Coles

Tuesday 20th October, 7.30pm

The Rev. Richard Coles is a parish priest in Northamptonshire and the presenter of Radio Four’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number one single.  Fathomless Riches is his warm, witty and wise memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a […]

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Michael Peppiatt on Francis Bacon

Wednesday 21st October, 7.30pm

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho’s French House to request an interview for a student magazine: Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon’s death thirty years later. In this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon […]

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Brian Blessed

Thursday 22nd October, 7.30pm

There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He’s an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He’s also a brilliant storyteller who will – and you must brace yourself – simply leap out of the pages at you. Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you’ll be taken on […]

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Susan Grossey

Monday 26th October, 7.30pm

We are always excited to bring another superb crime series to our shelves, and its local author to her first Topping & Co. event! Susan Grossey’s first novel, Fatal Forgery, introduced us to Sam Plank, a Regency police officer with an interest in financial crime. Combining fascinating period details about society and about the newly […]

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Kate Morton

Tuesday 27th October, 7.30pm

Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper have beguiled thousands of us: her fiction is beautifully written, full of evocative detail and completely absorbing from the first page to last. Now she has finally written her fifth novel, The Lake House, and we think it might be her best yet. Centering on […]

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Tom Kerridge

Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm

Coming this autumn: Tom Kerridge with a delicious new cookbook featuring his favourite everyday recipes… Tom, the only chef to have been awarded two Michelin stars for a pub, is known for beautifully crafted food and big, bold flavours. Tom’s Table features 100 delicious everyday recipes so that anyone can achieve his Michelin-endorsed cooking at […]

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Jonathan Dimbleby

Wednesday 4th November, 7.30pm

Jonathan Dimbleby is the presenter of Any Questions? on Radio 4 and one of the most respected political writers and broadcasters of his generation. In his new book, The Battle of the Atlantic, he turns his attention to an overlooked but crucial aspect of World War Two; the fierce fighting over the maritime artery that […]

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Andy McNab

Thursday 5th November, 7.30pm

Andy McNab is a perennial favourite here: his events are always fascinating insights into the exploits of so-called ‘deniable operators’ and the shadowy world of the SAS. In the latest thrilling instalment in the Nick Stone series, Detonator, the hunter becomes the hunted as Nick becomes one of Europe’s Most Wanted as he takes on […]

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Tea and Cake with The Hairy Bikers

Friday 6th November, 2.30pm

Si King and Dave Myers, also known as The Hairy Bikers, are two of the most popular television chefs of their generation. Their down-to-earth approach and unique combination of motorbikes and warm friendly writing has also ensured the enduring popularity of their superb cookery books. Focusing on good food cooked well, and passionately supporting the […]

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Robert McCrum

Tuesday 10th November, 7.30pm

If anyone can suggest a definitive list of the one hundred novels to read in the English language, then Robert McCrum, ex-editor-in-chief at Faber and literary editor at The Observer, is probably the man to do so! In his fascinating overview , Robert introduces his pick of English literature with characteristic verve. He will be […]

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A Literary Lunch with David Mitchell

Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm

Slade House‘s origins lie in The Bone Clocks, David’s best-selling and widely acclaimed novel. It is a stand-alone story inhabiting the same universe as The Bone Clocks, where the line between mortality and immortality is crossed and the paranormal intrudes on the everyday. Better still, some of the action takes place in Ely! We are […]

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Claire Harman on Charlotte Bronte

Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm

On the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Claire Harman’s stunning new biography brings the drama and tragedy of her life into vivid colour. Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She encouraged her sister Emily to publish Wuthering Heights when no-one else believed in […]

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Mary Beard

Tuesday 24th November, 7.30pm

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories – from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia – still strike a chord with us, and its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our […]

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Adam Sisman on John le Carré

Wednesday 25th November, 7.30pm

From his bleak childhood – the departure of his mother when he was five was followed by ‘sixteen hugless years’ in the dubious care of his father, a serial-seducer and con-man – through recruitment by both MI5 and MI6, to his emergence as the master of the espionage novel, John le Carre has repeatedly quarried […]

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