Stephen Church

Thursday 2nd April, 7.30pm

No English king has suffered a worse press than King John: By his death in 1216, he had lost almost all that he inherited, and had come perilously close to losing his English kingdom, too. Stephen Church tells John’s story – from boyhood and the succession crises of his early adulthood, to accession, rebellion and […]

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Tony Juniper

Tuesday 7th April, 7.30pm

Tony Juniper is one of our leading experts on sustainability, an advisor to Prince Charles’ International Sustainability Unit, Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership and an advisor to international business. He is also an engaging and accessible speaker. We take clean water and secure food for granted, rarely considering the […]

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Jeffrey Archer

Friday 24th April, 7.30pm

Mightier Than The Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding, and continues  at pace as Lord Archer tells his story with his usual wit and verve. All his trademark twists and turns are employed as the story of the Clifton and Barrington families continues in this, the author’s most accomplished novel to date. We are […]

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Julia Blackburn

Thursday 14th May, 7.30pm

John Craske, a Norfolk fisherman, was born in 1881. In 1917, when he had just turned thirty-six, he fell seriously ill and for the rest of his life moved in and out of what was described as ‘a stuporous state’. In 1923 he started making paintings of the sea and boats and the coastline seen […]

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James Runcie

James Runcie

Thursday 21st May, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Toppings favourite, James Runcie, back to Ely to celebrate the publication of the latest Granchester novel, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sin. The loveable full-time priest and part-time detective continues his sleuthing adventures in 1960’s Cambridge with six new stories involving murder, theft and falling pianos. Entertaining, suspenseful, thoughtful, […]

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John Julius Norwich

Monday 1st June, 7.30pm

Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French, and has belonged to them all. John Julius Norwich has been fascinated by the island for 50 years . His vivid  history covers everything from erupting volcanoes to the assassination […]

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Antony Beevor

Tuesday 9th June, 7.30pm

From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor’s Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble tells the story of Germany’s ill-fated final stand. Hitler’s attempt to split the allies by driving all the way to Antwerp through the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes became the greatest battle of the war in western […]

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Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane

Wednesday 17th June, 7.30pm

There are very few writers who have garnered as much affection from our audiences as the wonderful Robert Macfarlane: The Old Ways, Holloway, The Wild Places and Mountains of the Mind are all gripping examinations of the world we live in. His latest book, , Landmarks, is a joyous meditation on words, landscape and the […]

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Louis De Bernieres

Thursday 23rd July, 7.30pm

Louis De Bernieres captivated readers with his epic tale of love and strife in German-occupied Greece, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Now in his magnificent and moving novel The Dust that falls from Dreams, he turns his gaze nearer home, to an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent where childhood innocence is about to be destroyed by […]

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