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Looking for something different to do this month? What could be more exciting than exploring new ideas and worlds with their creators? At the Hungerford Bookshop, we are believers in opening up book discussion and giving our customers access to the many brilliant authors out there. Take a look at some of the acclaimed writers we have hosted over the years. Our events are always held at one of the fantastic (and often historic) local venues in Hungerford and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. See below for our latest events.

James Hamilton book talk for 'Gainsborough: A Portrait'

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Gainsborough by James Hamilton jacket image-2Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today.

In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace.

There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, 'Gainsborough: A Portrait' transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.

James Hamilton will be speaking as part of the Visual Arts Trail which runs 21 - 30 September.

Tickets £6 (includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book on the night)

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October 3rd: Katherine Webb & Vanessa LaFaye in conversation with Laura Gerrard

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Join us for an evening of fabulous fiction!

Popular writers Katherine Webb and Vanessa La Faye will talk about their latest books in an evening event chaired by their editor Laura Gerrard

hiding placesKatherine Webb was born in Kent in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. History remains her passion, and she writes character-led mystery dramas, often with historical settings. "I love to explore the way past events can reverberate in the present, and I'm fascinated by the vast grey areas in human morality and behaviour".

Her debut novel 'The Legacy' was voted viewers' choice for Best Summer Read on the Channel 4 TV Book Club in 2010, and was nominated for Best New Writer at the National Book Awards in the same year. Subsequently, 'The Unseen','A Half Forgotten Song' and 'The Misbegotten' were all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers, and her books have been translated into 24 languages around the world.

Katherine will be talking about her latest book 'The Hiding Places' released in paperback in September.

atfirstlightVanessa LaFaye was raised in Tampa, Florida. She says: "There were hurricanes most years, strong enough to send us scurrying for the safety of the bedroom closets, but nothing on the scale depicted in [my first novel] Summertime.  A thirst for adventure brought me to Europe in 1987, first to France and then England.
Writing was always a part of my life, from my first story at the age of six, but I did not make any efforts to get published until my 40s. At age 51, I’m proof that it’s never too late to have your dreams come true.

Vanessa will be talking about her second novel 'At First Light'. We hope to get paperback editions of this title released early for the event. Her event at Marlborough Literary Festival has sold out - so catch her in Hungerford!

Tickets £5 available

from the bookshop (01488 683480)

or the library (01488 682660)

or on-line at ArtsforHungerford.com

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Robert Harris talks about his new novel 'Munich'

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September 1938: Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

munichThe issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.

Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

We are delighted to welcome back the bestselling author of 'Fatherland', 'Conclave' and 'An Officer & a Spy' to talk about his latest novel.

Tickets £6 (includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book on the night)

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This is a very special bookshop. Seriously diverse and fascinating authors come to talk about their books. All in all, it gives a new dimension to Hungerford and is one of the main reasons it would be hard to move to a new area!
Belinda Coote, Customer

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