Kazuo Ishiguro

Monday 9th March, 7.30pm

Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade, The Buried Giant, will be released in March. His fiction is crafted with such care and attention  that readers have learned to expect long gaps between the appearance of each book. Ten years on from creating a shocking, lyrical, and alternative future in Never Let Me Go, he returns with an […]

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Wednesday 11th March, 7.30pm

With the General Election fast approaching, the appearance of Guardian journalists Toynbee and Walker should  make for a lively evening! Polly is  best known for her often scathing views about British politics and social issues which appear in her  Guardian column. David, another Guardian journalist, previously worked for the Audit Office.   Together they have […]

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Celia Imrie

Tuesday 17th March, 7.30pm

February sees publication of  Celia Imrie’s debut novel  Not Quite Nice . Celia is best known for her roles in the films Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee and for television roles in After You’ve Gone, A Dark Adapted Eye and Acorn Antiques. She has also recently appeared in her own cabaret/revue show Laughing Matters. 59-year-old […]

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Diana Henry

Thursday 19th March, 7.30pm

Diana Henry’s beautiful cookery books are some of our favourites in the shop. From Roast Figs Sugar Snow to last year’s A Change of Appetite, they are always tempting and full of interesting flavours. Now, in A Bird in the Hand, Diana shows how the humble chicken can be full of flavour and excitement. We […]

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Christobel Kent

Tuesday 24th March, 7.30pm

After the resounding success of her Italian novels,  Christobel has written a stunning, stand-alone thriller, The Crooked House. This is Alison’s story. Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get, and that’s how she wants it. But once Alison was someone else: Esme Grace, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of […]

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Mark Steinhardt

Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm

Many of us have admired Mark Steinhardt’s beautifully illustrated re-telling of the story of local hero Hereward. Now we have a chance to hear it bought to life by Mark himself in an evening of story-telling at the Bookshop.Working with the earliest accounts,  Mark  tells of Hereward – from legend to history and back again […]

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Elly Griffiths

Monday 30th March, 7.30pm

When a  farmer finds a Second World War plane, complete with skeleton, in a quarry, local archaeologists are called in. At first it all seems fairly straightforward – many American airmen were based in Norfolk and their empty hangars and airstrips, the so-called ‘ghost fields’, can be found all over East Anglia. But it’s not […]

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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 depicts swathes of modern history 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. […]

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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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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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