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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Augustus

Reading Group: Augustus by John Williams

Monday 11th August, 7.30pm

John Williams, the author of Stoner, brings Augustus vividly to life, and invests his characters with such profound humanity that we enter completely into the heat and danger of their lives and times.

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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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Bailey Prize Winner 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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Bulgakov

Reading Group: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Monday 8th September, 7.30pm

Bulgakov’s ebullient dark satire is a novel unlike any other, blending fantasy and reality, humour and horror. One of the great cult books of the 20th century.

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Reading Group: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Monday 8th September, 7.30pm

Winner of the 2014 Bailey’s Prize, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing examines the complicated mind of a frustrated and terrified young woman and is an intimate vision of her thoughts, fears and railing anger. Moving, funny and alarming.

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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

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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Lunch with Michel Roux at the Poet’s House

Tuesday 23rd September, 1pm

Join us for a splendid three-course lunch at the Poet’s House, with a menu inspired by the legendary French chef, Michel Roux Snr. In this deeply personal, beautiful book, Essence of French Cooking, Michel Roux distils a lifetime’s knowledge into a definitive work on French food and cooking. Based around classic recipes that have stood […]

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Andy Miller

Change your life by reading with Andy Miller

Tuesday 23rd September, 7.30pm

Miller wanted to activelty re-engage with life and reading, instead of living in the automatic. He wanted to lose himself in a book, and to fill the nagging sense that something was missing in his life. In A Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life, Miller recounts how he made his […]

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Esther Freud

Esther Freud

Thursday 25th September, 7.30pm

Set in 1914, Mr Mac and Me tells the story of Thomas, the son of the local publican, living with his family in Walberswick on the Suffolk coast. Life is quiet and uneventful, shaped by the seasons, the fishing and the farming. But arrival of great architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh spells change for […]

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Karen Armstrong

Tuesday 30th September, 7.30pm

Leading theologian and religious scholar Karen Armstrong introduces her new book, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, a lucid and accessible examination of the relationship between religion and violent conflict. Despite pacifism and justice being central tenets in almost all world faiths, religion has consistently been used as an age-old banner for […]

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Charles Spencer

Wednesday 8th October, 7.30pm

Killers of the King throws us into the aftermath of the bloodiest seven years of fighting in Britain’s history. In January 1649, the Parliament that had overpowered King Charles I in the civil war now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender? In a monumentous series […]

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Thomas Cromwell with Tracy Borman

Thursday 9th October, 7.30pm

Thomas Cromwell, once a shadowy figure in the convoluted politics of Henry VIII’s court, has been brought back into the spotlight by the Booker-winning novels of Hilary Mantel. Now Tracy Borman, one of our most brilliant historians and Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, examines his life from a historical perspective, examining everything from his […]

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Topping Introduction: Alex Preston

Tuesday 14th October, 7.30pm

Alex Preston is one of the most interesting new voices to enter the literary scene in the last decades. His first novel This Bleeding City picked up a string of prizes, and his second novel, The Revelations, was a fascinating examination of a group of young people who fall into a sinister religious movement, and […]

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Peter F Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton

Thursday 16th October, 7.30pm

Peter F. Hamilton is a stalwart of modern science fiction, internationally renowned for the genre expanding Commonwealth & Void trilogies and, most recently, The Great North Road. We’re very happy to announce that Peter will be coming to Ely this October to celebrate the launch of his new novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams. Peter’s latest […]

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Alexander McCall Smith

Lunch with Alexander McCall Smith at the Poet’s House

Thursday 23rd October, 12.30pm

We are delighted to welcome the brilliant raconteur -  Alexander McCall Smith – once again to Ely . Throughout all his wonderful series – from  No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and Bertie, and 44 Scotland Street, his warm and witty prose has delighted millions of readers. Alexander is a magnetic speaker; his hilarious […]

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Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Thursday 23rd October, 7.30pm

Former Home Secretary and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer until 2011, Alan Johnson has been at the forefront of the British political scene for years, and is the MP for Hull West. In 2013 he published the first volume of his memoirs, This Boy, to critical acclaim. Despite his stature as a politician, his beginning […]

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Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce

Friday 24th October, 7.30pm

Rachel Joyce’s debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was one of the huge bestsellers of 2012. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it was the story of a man whose simple trip to the post box becomes a mammoth walk from Devon to Berwick-Upon-Tweed to see a dying friend from the past. The […]

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An Evening of Wine and Food with Jane Parkinson

Friday 7th November, 7.30pm

Jane Parkinson is an award-winning wine writer and a rising star in the world of wine,  join us for an evening of wine and food, as we tap into Jane’s expert knowledge, try some delicous food and wine pairings, and explore different varieties of grape. The way we all buy wine, serve it, enjoy it […]

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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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Paul Merton

Comedian Paul Merton

Monday 17th November, 7.30pm

Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, Paul Merton’s weekly appearances on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You – as well as Radio 4’s Just A Minute and his travel documentaries – have made him an artfully rebellious fixture in our lives for over 25 years. In his rich and beautifully ­observed autobiography, Only When I Laugh, Paul […]

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Sheila hancock

Sheila Hancock

Wednesday 19th November, 7.30pm

Sheila Hancock has had an enormously successful career in film, television, theatre and radio. Publishing her memoir she won the British Book Award for Author of the Year.  Now, in Miss Carter’s War, Sheila Hancock proves that she is a vibrant new voice in British fiction. Britain, 1948. The young and beautiful, half French, half […]

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Ottolenghi

Cookery demonstration with Yottam Ottolenghi

Monday 24th November, 7.45pm

Yotam Ottolenghi’s previous cookbook – the award-winning Plenty  - was received to global acclaim. Ottolenghi has revolutionised the way people cook and eat, focussing on flavoursome vegetable dishes, original spicing and the freshness of ingredients. Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. […]

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Comedian David Mitchell

Tuesday 25th November, 7.30pm

Prized comedian David Mitchell will be delighting us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, Poundland to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. David’s latest book Thinking About It Only Makes it Worse! is a funny and provocative look at modern […]

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