Natalie Young

Topping Introduction: Natalie Young

Thursday 7th August, 7.30pm

Based on a woman who is in the process of eating her husband, the shocking and bizarre premise of Season to Taste by debut author Natalie Young has made it one of 2014′s most talked-about novels. Lizzie Prain has been stuck in a stultifying marriage with her difficult, passive-aggressive husband for a long time when, […]

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D H Lawrence Reading group

Reading Group: Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence

Monday 11th August, 7.30pm

  This account of the Mediterranean journey undertaken by Lawrence and his wife in 1921 finds him at his most engaging and approachable. A remarkably observant and evocative piece of travel writing, it is also fascinatingly revealing of the author’s singular personality and attitudes. 

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Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory

Wednesday 13th August, 7.30pm

Philippa’s bestselling novels, The Other Boleyn Girl, The White Queen and The Red Queen have celebrated the extraordinarily strong and clever women who have shaped our national history over the centuries. We are delighted to welcome Philippa Gregory to Ely to celebrate the publication of her new historical novel The King’s Curse. Told in luminous […]

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Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey

Thursday 21st August, 7.30pm

Monique Roffey was nominated for the Orange Prize in 2009 for her bestselling novel The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, and her second novel, the luminous and beautiful Archipelago, won the OCM BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Literature. Her work often focuses on postcolonial questions of displacement, addressing difficult issues in stunningly lyrical prose. Her […]

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Eimear Mcbride

Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is a stunning examination of the relationship between a young woman and her brother, and the deep long-lasting effect of his childhood brain tumour. Written from within her complicated mind, the novel is a touching and intimate vision of the thoughts, fears and railing anger of a frustrated, terrified […]

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The Miniaturist

Topping Introduction: Jessie Burton

Tuesday 2nd September, 7.30pm

The Miniaturist, set in 17th century Amsterdam, is a riveting tale of dualities: love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and reality. Based on the real tradition of giving a bride a miniature replica of her new home, so that she can practice her homemaking skills, it is a wonderful story about a young woman […]

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Coffee and Cake with David Mitchell

Thursday 4th September, 11.30am

We are thrilled that literary star David Mitchell will be joining us to introduce one of the most hotly anticipated literary novels of 2014, The Bone Clocks. One drowsy summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of […]

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sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

Thursday 11th September, 7.30pm

The Art of Baking Blind is Sarah’s debut novel, which follows four women, Jenny, Claire, Vicki and Karen as they enter an amateur baking competition. With their own individual struggles outside of baking, they are all are entering with very different goals in mind. As they all strive to create the perfect cake within the […]

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Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Wednesday 17th September, 7.30pm

One of our greatest presenters, and broadcasters, she has been at the heart of our sports coverage (most memorably the BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics) for many years. Her love of sport in general, but particularly her enthusiasm for horse racing and the great outdoors, has endeared her to the country. In her Radio […]

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H is for Hawk

Topping Introduction: Helen Macdonald

Thursday 18th September, 7.30pm

  Helen Macdonald’s love of falconry began when she was a child. She had learned all the arcane terms, and poured over T. H. White’s classic The Goshawk, an account of his struggle to train a hawk. Latterly through grieving the death of her father, Helen’s childhood interested was rediscovered.  H is for Hawk is a beautiful and passionate […]

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Armistice Day with Michael Morpurgo

Tuesday 11th November, 7.30pm

We mark Armistice Day and the centenary of the beginning of First World War with a special evening of readings in Ely Cathedral. Michael Morpurgo introduces Only Remembered, an anthology of war writing and illustrations - featuring everything from poetry to new pieces of writing, personal accounts and short stories. The entries have been chosen by a range of well-known figures, from Sir Terry Pratchett […]

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