Ely Events and Reading Groups

In this atmospheric medieval city, just over an hour from London by train, author events range from reading groups and intimate salons in the bookshop to the drama of performances under the world-renowned Octagon of Ely Cathedral. We hold events all year round, but in the autumn there is a special focus on the Ely Literary Festival.

Reading Group – On Tangled Paths

Monday 14th January 2019, 7.30pm

One of the finest European novelists of the 19th Century, Fontane is still too little known in the English-speaking world. On Tangled Paths, a moving story of frustrated love set against a richly drawn social background, scandalised German readers on its initial publication, but now seems a masterpiece of subtle psychological insight and graceful storytelling. See more »


Joe Wicks

Saturday 19th January 2019, 7pm

The first Toppings event of 2019 will be with the nation’s favourite healthy cook and fitness sensation, Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach), to celebrate his first veggie cookbook, Veggie Lean in 15! This is Joe’s vegetarian take on Lean in 15: The Shift Plan, which is the bestselling diet book of all time. Inside are a hundred flavour-packed vegetarian recipes, […] See more »


Giles Yeo

Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 7.30pm

Cambridge geneticist, Dr Giles Yeo, has dedicated over 20 years to studying how genes influence our eating habits.  Instead of looking at how we have become obese, Gene Eating tackles the question of why some people eat more than others.Our modern lifestyle, coupled with the food environment, has made weight-loss the biggest public health quest […] See more »


Nighthawk book launch with Jim Kelly

Thursday 21st February 2019, 7.30pm

Cambridge, 1940. It is the first winter of the war, and snow is falling. When an evacuee drowns in the river, his body swept away, Detective Inspector Eden Brooke sets out to investigate what seems to be a deliberate attack. The following night, a local electronics factory is attacked, and an Irish republican slogan is […] See more »