Our Events

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.

April 26th: Lunchtime Booksigning with Henry Blowfeld

Meet one of cricket's broadcasting legends HENRY BLOFELD or "Blowers" will be signing copies of his bestselling autobiography, Over & Out at The Hungerford Bookshop at 1pm on Thursday 26th April.

This book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers. Henry is equally revealing of his own performances and self-deprecatingly recalls his several verbal misfortunes while live broadcasting.

Like the greatest commentators and writers on the game Blofeld has always understood that there is a world beyond the cricket field. Not forgetting pigeons passing, red buses and much loved cricket grounds, Henry Blofeld writes of his favourite countries, and experiences while travelling, and meeting and interviewing many cricket-loving celebrities. His passionate and entertaining book will become one of the classics of cricket's literature.

1pm at the bookshop. This is a FREE EVENT - no need to book - but books must be bought from us (available on the afternoon). If you are buying more than two copies please let us know in advance. If you cannot make the signing we can arrange for a book to be signed and reserved for you. Just call 01488 683480.

28th April: Children’s Book Launch for Great Voyages: Daring Adventurers from James Cook to Gertrude Bell

All aboard for a fun book launch at Hungerford Library! Local children’s author Deborah Patterson will be celebrating the publication of her latest book Great Voyages (published this April).

Discover the world through the eyes of the greatest explorers in history. From Marco Polo and Magellan to Shackleton and Armstrong, Great Voyages takes the reader on the most exhilarating and heroic expeditions ever made.

Deborah will be taking young adventurers on a journey around the globe. They choose where they would like to go on a map, and Deborah will reveal a fascinating true story inspired by that place.

Will you freeze to death in the North West passage, or face lions in Africa with David Livingstone? Perhaps you'll survive attacks from hostile tribes with Gertrude Bell.

Collect a special ticket from the bookshop and get £1 off the book at the event – or any children’s book at The Hungerford Bookshop until the end of May. And, as if that wasn't enough, there will also be free cake!

Suitable for age 6+. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

3pm Hungerford Library, Saturday 28 April. Free event (but we recommend collecting your special ticket from the bookshop)

May 3rd: Clare Hastings & Calypso Rose talk about 'Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer'

Clare Hastings (daughter of the writer and gardener Anne Scott-James, and sister of historian Sir Max Hastings) shares her gardening life notes with her daughter, Calypso.

"I'm not dead yet," writes Clare Hastings to her daughter, Calypso, who will one day inherit Clare's beloved cottage garden in the Berkshire Downs. "In fact I woke up this morning feeling quite chipper. I glanced out of the window..and thought about you. And felt a frisson of panic. What if I were to be struck down before elevenses on the B4009? I realized that I needed to leave you a handbook about the garden. For you the countryside is a pathway from the car park to the door, to be completed on the run. But I'm not giving up."

Despite being the daughter of a celebrated gardening writer Clare too was a latecomer to gardening, daunted by Latin names and nervous around plants. Then she realized she wasn't and never would be a `proper plantsman' and that it didn't matter. Since then she has explored the joys of gardening and now after many years' experience of her own cottage garden, Clare imparts her knowledge to Calypso.

Join us for a memorable evening where Clare and Calypso will share their thoughts about the book and gardening, and read from Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer  (a gorgeous pocket-sized green hardback at £12.99 with drawings by Osbert Lancaster) before answering questions from the audience and signing copies.


Drinks 7:00 in GrapeSmith, talk 7:30 in Garden Art. Thursday 3rd May, at Barrs Yard, Hungerford.

Tickets are £7 and include a glass of wine. Space is limited so please book early.


May 24: Salley Vickers on her new novel 'The Librarian'

Salley Vickers will be talking about her latest novel, The Librarian (appropriately held in our local library). She is the acclaimed author of The Cleaner of Chartres and the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel. Her latest book is a charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England (the cover alone makes me want to buy it!).

Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man - but it's her connectionto his precocious young daughter and her neighbours' son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat. How does the library alter the young children's lives and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?

Tickets on sale shortly.

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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