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February Reading Groups

Monday 8th February, 7.30pm

The Street by Bernadine Bishop. Intrigued by the term ‘domestic fiction’, I am drawn to Bernadine Bishop,  1939 – 2013.  She was the great granddaughter of the poet Alice Meynell, and youngest witness in the Lady Chatterley trial.  The Street, her fifth novel published posthumously, follows the inhabitants of a London Street,  dealing  with the minutae of […]

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Elly Griffiths

Wednesday 10th February, 7.30pm

DCI Nelson and his team are called in to investigate the murder of a woman in a blue dress, and soon establish that the dead woman was a recovering addict being treated  near to the shrine town of Walsingham –  a place atheist Ruth  has managed to avoid  during her seventeen years in Norfolk.  But she […]

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Jacobean Study Day (Part Two) with Robert Jones

Sunday 21st February, 2pm

Following on from last October’s study day, Robert Jones completes his introduction to the colourful world of Jacobean Drama by looking in more detail at the work of Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton – after Shakespeare, the two dominant playwrights of the period. Personal rivals with sharply contrasting styles and attitudes, each produced masterpieces that […]

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Jo Marchant

Tuesday 23rd February, 7.30pm

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instill false hope. But that doesn’t mean the mind plays no role in health. By taking a scientific approach to understanding how our mental state influences our physiology, perhaps we finally live in tune with our bodies in a way that is […]

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Alison Bruce

Thursday 25th February, 7.30pm

  We  always look forward to a new DC Goodhew story, so we are delighted to welcome back Alison Bruce to celebrate the 6th in the series, The Promise. Goodhew’s doubts about his work are forgotten when the body of a badly beaten homeless man is discovered  on Market Hill. In the meantime, another man plans […]

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James Rebanks

Tuesday 1st March, 7.30pm

James Rebanks ‘ account of The Shepherd’s Life was the publishing sensation of 2015. In lucid and precise prose James tells of a way of life which connects fundamentally with the land he loves, while never romanticising the gruelling work which has occupied his family for 600 years. The result is a work of astounding authenticity and […]

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Mary Berry

Friday 4th March, 4pm

Due to exceptional demand, the talk with tea and cake is fully booked. We’re sorry that there will not be an opportunity for more of you to hear Mary Berry. However there is still a chance to meet Mary after the talk and have her book signed at the signing session following the main event. This will be […]

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Susie Steiner

Wednesday 9th March, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Susie Steiner to introduce a superb new crime series, set in Cambridgeshire! In Missing, Presumed we meet Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw, a fantastic new female protagonist. When Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected local family, vanishes ­- door ajar, smear of blood on the kitchen floor – Manon […]

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Tea with M.C. Beaton

Thursday 10th March, 3pm

When Hamish Macbeth visits James Harrison to welcome him to Sutherland, the old man treats him very rudely. his beautiful private nurse, Gloria, apologises for his behaviour: Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits at the restaurant. and waits. But Gloria doesn’t show up. Four days […]

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A.C.Grayling

Monday 4th April, 7.30pm

  During the turbulent seventeenth century science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle to the evidence-based investigation of Francis Bacon. The old ways still lingered – witness,  for example, Newton’s life-long fascination with alchemy – but by the end of the […]

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