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Peter Stanford

Wednesday 27th May, 7.30pm

After tackling The Devil, Heaven and Pope Joan in previous books, Peter Stanford turns his attention to Judas, who , in the words of in Pope Leo may be “the wickedest and unhappiest man that ever lived“. In this enthralling biography Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the […]

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Harry Sidebottom

Tuesday 2nd June, 7.30pm

Blood and Steel is the second book in the epic Throne of the Caesars series, set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. It is AD238,  and  Emperor Maximinus finds his reign shaken by the strain  of war and the threat of rebellion. After the first blood of […]

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Joanne Harris

Saturday 6th June, 4pm

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. He is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his […]

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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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Carry Akroyd on John Clare

Wednesday 10th June, 7.30pm

Painter and printmaker Carry Akroyd is well-known to book-lovers; her wonderfully evocative images enhance any publication, never more so than in the recent book of the Radio Four series ‘Tweet of the Day’. Carry joins us for an evening  extolling her love of East Anglian poet John Clare, whose work she has illustrated in a  […]

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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 relationship […]

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Emma Healey

Emma Healey

Wednesday 24th June, 7.30pm

Winner of the Costa Prize for First Novel 2014 and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015. Emma Healey will be joining us to discuss her outstanding novel, told from the perspective of Maud, an 82-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimers Disease. With all her struggles there is one thing that bothers her in particular: her […]

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John Julius Norwich

Friday 26th 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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Natasha Pulley

Tuesday 14th July, 7.30pm

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes us on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, war-riven Japan and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past. But at its heart, this is a story about acceptance, understanding and love. Former […]

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Joe Abercrombie

Wednesday 15th July, 7.30pm

Joe Abercrombie has brought new flair and invention to British fantasy writing with a string of bold and rousing epics. We welcome him to Ely for the first time with Half a War, a breathlessly exciting tale of elemental strife across generations –  sure to thrill and delight both those familiar with his work and […]

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A Celebration of Fenland Writers

Wednesday 22nd July, 7.30pm

In conjunction with Ousefest, a fortnight of exciting events celebrating the Ouse Washes, we present an evening with three writers whose work centres around the Fens. Jim Kelly, Alison Bruce and Jill Dawson write very different books, but all are suffused with a sense of our inimitable countryside and community. Come along to this unique […]

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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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