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.

July 23rd: Summer Reading Party

An Invitation...

July 23rd, Hungerford Bookshop & Courtyard 6:30-8:30. Free event (please RSVP).

Get your holiday reading sorted. Join our booksellers and some brilliant authors for a get-together to chat about some hot new reads to see you over the Summer.

Sunday Times bestselling author, VERONICA HENRY will introduce her new feel-good novel Home From Home, and will be joined by Libby Page, author of the hit The Lido and Ruth Kelly for the launch of A Little Vineyard in Provence.

Nature Writer, Nicola Chester will be reading from 'Summer', and Eliane Coffee Shop will be signing copies of their cookbook. Booksellers will tell you what their favourite reads of Summer are, and there will also be a Summer Books catalogue to pick-up.

Plus, Pimms, Wine & Nibbles. Woo-hoo!

RSVP at the bookshop or https://summerreadingparty.eventbrite.co.uk

Sept 6th: Robert Harris talk & Signing for 'The Second Sleep'

The author of twelve bestselling books, Robert Harris never fails to draw a crowd. He will be interviewed about his newly published novel.

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect.

Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.

The author will be interviewed about his new novel before taking questions from the audience, and signing his books.

Tickets £22 (includes a copy of the book worth £20 and a glass of wine or soft drink). A 'couples' ticket is available as we appreciate the same household may not want two copies. Couples tickets are £30, which includes a copy of the book worth £20, and two glasses of wine). Book on-line here (no fee). Or call on 01488 683480.

We have teamed-up with Honesty Cafe that is now in the Herongate. Attendees of this event can enjoy a pre-talk supper and receive 10% off. Just give them a call on 07796 983593 to book your table. Please mention the event.

Sept 13th: Our Man in New York: The British Plot to Bring America into the Second World War - Henry Hemming

We welcome back author Henry Hemming who gave a brilliant talk for the bookshop a couple of years ago for his hugely popular book, 'M: Maxwell Knght, MI5's Greatest Spymaster'.

His new book is the gripping story of a propaganda campaign like no other: the covert British operation to manipulate American public opinion and bring the US into the Second World War.

When William Stephenson – “our man in New York” – arrived in the United States towards the end of June 1940 with instructions from the head of MI6 to ‘organise’ American public opinion, Britain was on the verge of defeat. Surveys showed that just 14% of the US population wanted to go to war against Nazi Germany. But soon that began to change…

Those campaigning against America’s entry into the war, such as legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, talked of a British-led plot to drag the US into the conflict. They feared that the British were somehow flooding the American media with ‘fake news’, infiltrating pressure groups, rigging opinion polls and meddling in US politics.

These claims were shocking and wild: they were also true.

That truth is revealed here for the first time by bestselling author Henry Hemming, using hitherto private and classified documents, including the diaries of his own grandparents, who were briefly part of Stephenson’s extraordinary influence campaign that was later described in the Washington Post as ‘arguably the most effective in history’. Stephenson – who saved the life of Hemming’s father – was a flawed maverick, full of contradictions, but one whose work changed the course of the war, and whose story can now be told in full.

Henry will be talking about this book before taking questions and signing copies.

Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine and £5 off the book. Call 01488 683480 or book here

Sept 27th: Mick Herron Talks to Dominck Donald about his comic spy novels & writing

The creator of the comic Jackson Lamb spy thrillers talks to Crime writer Dominck Donald about his hit books, including his new release ‘Joe Country’.

'We're spies,' said Lamb. 'All kinds of outlandish shit goes on.'Like the ringing of a dead man's phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral . .

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.

And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score. This time, they're heading into joe country. And they're not all coming home.

“Lamb – the most fascinating and irresistible thriller series hero to emerge since Jack Reacher – battles two sets of enemies … Given to boozing, smoking, farting and caustic, politically incorrect wisecracking, he is a 21st century Falstaff; but also the fat knight’s antithesis, a ruthless pragmatist, and master of office power games. In London Rules he plays a blinder, and Herron does too” – Sunday Times

“Herron is a funny writer but also a serious plotter … Where Herron’s novels most overlap with those of le Carré is in the severity of their critique of the failures of management in post-imperial, pre-Brexit Britain” – Guardian

“Herron’s comic brilliance should not overshadow the fact that his books are frequently thrilling, often thought-provoking, and sometimes moving and even inspiring” – Sunday Express

Mick Herron is an award-winning crime writer. In 2003, he published his first novel, Down Cemetery Road. It was the first volume in a series about Zoë Boehm, an Oxford private detective. In 2010, with Slow Horses, he began a spy series, entitled Slough House, featuring MI5 agents who have been exiled from the mainstream for various offenses. He also writes stand-alone novels and short stories.

Dominck Donald is the author of 'Breathe', The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year. It will be published in paperback on August the 8th.

Tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine and £5 off Joe Country). Call 01488 683480 or book here

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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