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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 events 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.
Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi

Monday 19th April, 7pm

Join us for an evening of literary brilliance with Yaa Gyasi. We will be celebrating her new novel Transcendent Kingdom, longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. To book places, order your signed edition of Transcendent Kingdom here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to […] See more »


David Farrier

David Farrier with Gaia Vince

Tuesday 20th April, 7pm

Professor David Farrier will be joined by Transcendence author Gaia Vince to celebrate the paperback release of Footprints. To book places, either order your signed paperback edition of Footprints here or book a complimentary place. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you […] See more »


Dame Marina Warner

Thursday 22nd April, 7.30pm

Join us for what is sure to be a wonderful online event with Dame Professor Marina Warner, the President of the Royal Society of Literature. She will be in conversation with Professor Susan Sellers of the University of St Andrews’ School of English, to celebrate the publication of Inventory of a Life Mislaid. To book […] See more »


Sarah Bernstein with Fiona Mozley

Friday 23rd April, 7pm

Sarah Bernstein, a startling and original new voice in fiction, joins us online to mark the publication of her debut novel The Coming Bad Days. Sarah will be in conversation with Booker-shortlisted author of Elmet, Fiona Mozley. To book places, preorder your signed copy of The Coming Bad Days here. Each copy of the book includes […] See more »


Nicholas Kenyon

Thursday 29th April, 7pm

Nicholas Kenyon, former Director of the BBC Proms and the current Managing Director at London’s Barbican Centre, joins us for an online evening event celebrating the publication of The Life of Music. To book places, preorder your signed copy of The Life of Music here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. […] See more »


Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times

Tuesday 4th May, 7pm

We are delighted that one of our greatest contemporary crime writers, Ian Rankin, joins us to celebrate the paperback publication of the latest Rebus thriller A Song for the Dark Times. To book places, order your signed paperback copy of A Song for the Dark Times (or indeed a signed first edition) here. Each copy of […] See more »


Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Thursday 6th May, 7pm

We’re delighted to announce a new online event with former spokesman and strategist Alastair Campbell to mark the paperback release of his memoir Living Better. To book places, either pre-order your signed paperback edition of Living Better here or order a hardback copy of the book here. Each copy of the book includes access to the […] See more »


Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth on Philip: The Final Portrait

Tuesday 11th May, 7pm

This is the story of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – the longest-serving consort to the longest-reigning sovereign in British history. It is an extraordinary story, told with unique insight and authority by Gyles Brandreth, who knew the prince for more than forty years. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Philip: The Final […] See more »


Mick Kitson

Thursday 13th May, 7.30pm

Fife-based author of Sal, Mick Kitson, joins us for an online event to discuss his new novel Featherweight. To book places, order your signed first edition of Featherweight here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, […] See more »


Natalie Haynes

Thursday 20th May, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome the fabulous Natalie Haynes for a spectacular online event in celebration of the paperback publication of Pandora’s Jar. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Pandora’s Jar here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use […] See more »


Elizabeth Macneal

Wednesday 26th May, 7.30pm

Much-loved author of The Doll Factory Elizabeth Macneal joins us for an online event to celebrate her new novel, Circus of Wonders. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Circus of Wonders here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use […] See more »


Secret Barrister with Alexandra Wilson

Thursday 27th May, 7.30pm

Join us for an online event with The Secret Barrister and Alexandra Wilson to celebrate the paperback publication of their books Fake Law and In Black and White. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Fake Law  or In Black and White here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send […] See more »


Lionel Shriver

Tuesday 8th June, 7.30pm

Author of We Need To Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver joins us to discuss her latest novel, Should We Stay or Should We Go. To book places, preorder your signed first edition of Should We Stay or Should We Go here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link […] See more »


Olive, Mabel & Me

Andrew Cotter

Wednesday 9th June, 7pm

Olive, Mabel and Me, Andrew Cotter’s hilarious and heart-warming story of his two labradors, has been a real source of joy for many of us this past year. We are so excited that Andrew will be joining us (alongside Olive and Mabel themselves, we hope!) to celebrate this wonderful book. To book places, preorder your […] See more »


Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Thursday 10th June, 7pm

We are thrilled to be hosting this online event with former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown. Gordon will join us live from our Edinburgh bookshop this June. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Seven Ways to Change the World here. Each copy of the book includes access to […] See more »


Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman

Friday 11th June, 7pm

We are delighted that the inimitable former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, will join us to discuss her candid memoir Clothes & Other Things That Matter. To book places, order your copy of Clothes & Other Things That Matter from us online – either order a hardback edition here or pre-order a paperback edition […] See more »


An Evening with Francis Spufford

Friday 10th September, 7.30pm

‘Dazzling’ The Times … ‘Exceptional’ Guardian …‘Brilliant’ Observer … ‘Extraordinary’ Financial Times November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five young lives are atomised in an instant. November 1944. That rocket never lands. A single second in time is altered, and five young lives go on — to experience all the unimaginable changes of the […] See more »


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