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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.

June 24th: Helena Kelly: Jane Austen Weekend


janekintbury bannerAuthor Helena Kelly will be talking about her book, Jane Austen: The Secret Radical' on Saturday 24th June at 10:30am in St Mary's Church, Kintbury, as part of 'Jane Austen - the Kintbury Connection': a weekend of events celebrating the writer's association with the village.

secretradWe just don't read her properly - we haven't been reading her properly for 200 years. 'Jane Austen, The Secret Radical' puts that right.

In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects - feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution - at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason.

Uncovering a radical, spirited and political engaged Austen, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical will encourage you to read Jane, all over again.

Tickets are £8.50 from us. Please note Paula Byrne is no longer talking. For the full line-up of events including an adaptation of 'Pride & Prejudice' by Gill Hornby please visit their website janeaustenatkintbury.co.uk






June 30th: A New Map of Love - Abi Oliver talks about her novel

ABI OLIVER event ticketAbi Oliver (who has spent much of her life in the Thames Valley) will be speaking about her new novel in the bookshop on June 30th at 7.30pm.

newmapGeorge Baxter has settled for a comfortable life, content as the years unfold predictably — until Win, his wife of twenty-six years, dies.

With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business is at the heart of the village and all sorts pass through the doors, each person in search of their own little piece of history.

When George meets local widow Sylvia Newsome, he imagines a different kind of future. But life has more revelations to offer him. Over the course of an English summer, George uncovers some unexpected mysteries from his past that could shape his tomorrows...

“Full of glorious set pieces and moments of tender reflection…The last page is as lovely as the first – I loved it.” Kit de Waal, author of the Costa shortlisted My Name is Leon.

“An acute and beguiling study of life, love and the endless flat-footed dance between men and women.” Sarah Dunant

Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine and £3 off the book on the night)



July 11th: Fizz & Fiction in the bookshop: Miss Boston & Miss Hargreaves

RACHEL MALIK event ticket

miss bostonAs part of Hungerford Arts Festival Rachel Malik will be talking about her new novel - the start set locally in Sheepdrove Farm and Lambourn) over a glass of fizz in the bookshop.

A story of the land, friendship and of secret lives. When Rene Hargreaves is billeted to Starlight Farm as a Land Girl, far from the city where she grew up, she finds farmer Elsie Boston and her country ways strange at first. Yet over the days and months Rene and Elsie come to understand and depend on each other.

Soon they can no longer imagine a life apart. But a visitor from Rene's past threatens the life they have built together, a life that has always kept others at a careful distance. Soon they are involved in a war of their own that endangers everything and will finally expose them to the nation's press and the full force of the law.


Tickets are £5 from Hungerford Bookshop (includes a glass of fizz and £3 off the book)





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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