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Alan Johnson

Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm

The first two volumes of Alan Johnson’s autobiography have been universally acclaimed and justly rewarded with many prizes.  The third volume, The Long and Winding Road  tells of Alan’s early  skirmishes as a trades union leader, where his charismatic style and negotiating skill soon came to the notice of  senior members of the Labour Party. Alan entered Parliament […]

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Reading Group – The Buried Giant

Monday 12th December, 7.30pm

Set in a remote world from which magic has not yet departed, Ishiguro’s first novel in ten years was one of the most highly praised books of 2015. With characteristic poise and poetry it follows an elderly couple on a haunting, perilous, journey through the legendary landscapes of Dark Age Britain – a quest that […]

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Reading Group – Consolations of the Forest

Monday 12th December, 7.30pm

Sylvain Tesson found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia; he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle of the taiga, on the shores of Lake Baikal. By turns funny, moving and revealing, this is a perfect read […]

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Costa shortlisted novelists Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford

Thursday 15th December, 7.30pm

We are delighted that two of our local authors have been shortlisted for this year’s Costa Book Award for First Novel: Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford. Please join us for a wonderful celebration of their success at The Bookshop, and hear from them about these astounding debut novels. Francis Spufford’s The Golden Hill is a richly […]

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*SIGNING ONLY* Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Friday 16th December, 12.30pm

We are delighted to announce that internationally acclaimed astronaut Chris Hadfield will be joining us for a very special signing session at 12.30pm on Friday 16th December! Chris will be signing copies of The Darkest Dark, his wonderful new children’s book; in addition he will also be signing You Are Here and An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth for […]

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Historian Bettany Hughes

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 7.30pm

So vital to its surroundings that for much of its history it was known as ‘The City’, Istanbul has an ancient and complex history. The gate between the East and the West, it has been the subject of myths, rumours and political intrigue for over 6000 years. Bettany Hughes, one of our greatest broadcasters and […]

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Tom Kerridge returns

Thursday 16th February 2017, 7.30pm

Tom Kerridge is one of our favourite chefs, and his 2015 event with us was a highlight of the literary festival. We’re delighted to be welcoming him back to celebrate the publication of Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet, a brilliant recipe book that focuses on low carbohydrate foods, but with an emphasis on the flavours and […]

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