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 – Pronto by Elmore Leonard

Monday 14th August, 7.30pm

Pronto by Elmore Leonard Ageing mobster Harry Arno flees to Italy with implacable U. S. Marshall Raylan Givens and assorted Miami lowlifes in hot pursuit. The great Elmore Leonard combines laughes and thrills, unforgettable characters and blistering, slangy dialogue in a masterly, sophisticated, morally bracing entertainment. See more »


Reading Group – The Burgess Boys

Monday 14th August, 7.30pm

The Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout is receiving so much attention at the moment, caused in the main by readers recommending her to their friends.  I want to recommend her to you.  Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York […] See more »


Claire Tomalin

Monday 4th September, 7.30pm

Claire Tomalin is one of the most acclaimed biographers of our time; her award-winning books include lives of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Now though, she turns her critical eye to another fascinating literary life: her own. A turbulent childhood disturbed by her parents’ custody battle; her escape to Cambridge University, personal tragedy and professional triumph […] See more »


Anthony Horowitz

Friday 8th September, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Anthony Horowitz to Ely to discuss his latest novel, The Word is Murder.  This page-turning new thriller is the first in a series of crime novels starring Detective Michael Hawthorne, and promises buried secrets, unexpected death and a trail of bloody clues.  Anthony’s career is wide-ranging and varied: author of […] See more »


Jeremy Vine

Saturday 9th September, 7.30pm

Jeremy Vine is  known to us all for his coverage for BBC Elections, for presenting BBC Two’s Eggheads, and perhaps most of all the for the Radio 2 show he has presented since 2003, a show that attracts more than seven million listeners. What My Listeners Say is a book punctuated by vivid anecdotes and laugh-out-loud moments as […] See more »


An Evening with Robert Webb

Wednesday 13th September, 7.30pm

Part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the award-winning and hilariously funny Robert Webb, How Not to be a Boy promises to be an exceptional and even game-changing book. Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from […] See more »


Matt Lucas

Tuesday 10th October, 8pm

Starting his comedy career as a score-keeping baby in Reeves and Mortimer’s Shooting Stars, Matt Lucas has become one of the most familiar and best-loved faces on television. He has played an extraordinary array of characters on both stage and screen including, currently, The Doctor’s companion Nardole, an alien from the 54th century. By turns hilarious, heart-warming and moving, Little Me: My Life from […] See more »


Nigella Lawson

Tuesday 31st October, 7.30pm

Everyone at Topping and Company is thrilled to be welcoming Nigella Lawson back to Ely Cathedral on 31st October 2017. Nigella’s  new book is set to become another home cooking classic.  At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking answers that important, everyday question “What are we going to eat?” As one would expect from the […] See more »


Andrew Marr

Monday 6th November, 7.30pm

In his latest book Andrew Marr, one of our greatest cultural commentators, wrestles with some of the fundamental questions about painting and creativity. Following a serious stroke in 2013 that left him partially paralysed, Andrew’s  struggles with the physical rigours of oil-painting led him to investigate the whole process: inspiration, creativity, taste, beauty and form. […] See more »