July Reading Groups

Monday 6th July, 7.30pm

Humbolt’s Gift by Saul Bellow A rich autobiographical tragi-comedy of literary rivalry and Chicago gangsterdom, set against a background of urban and cultural chaos, Humboldt’s Gift is for many the masterpiece of the outstanding American novelist of the late 20th Century. Eyrie by Tim Winton Tom Keely has lost his bearings and cut himself off. […]

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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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Swallows Book Group

Sunday 26th July, 10am

The Swallows is a new book group for 9-11 year-olds. We meet on the last Sunday of the month at 10 am, with squash and biscuits, in the childrens’ section of the bookshop. Parents have the opportunity to browse, with complimentary cups of tea or coffee, whilst The Swallows Book Group takes place. Vouchers are […]

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